Henry Slattery

Henry Slattery (born 22 January 1986) is a former professional Australian rules footballer who played for the Essendon Football Club in the Australian Football League (AFL).

Henry Slattery
Personal information
Full name Henry Slattery
Date of birth (1986-01-22) 22 January 1986
Original team(s) West Adelaide (SANFL)
Draft No. 46, 2004 National Draft, Essendon
Height 185 cm (6 ft 1 in)
Weight 86 kg (190 lb)
Position(s) Defender
Playing career1
Years Club Games (Goals)
2005–2012 Essendon 96 (12)
1 Playing statistics correct to the end of 2012.
Sources: AFL Tables, AustralianFootball.com

Slattery was recruited by Essendon with selection 46 in the 2004 AFL Draft. He had previously played for West Adelaide in the SANFL. He made his debut in 2005 against St Kilda, kicking a goal.[1] His first three seasons were limited by hip and knee injuries before he cemented his place in the Essendon starting team, often as a small, lock-down defender or defensive midfielder.[2]

At the end of the 2012 AFL season, Slattery decided to leave Essendon in search of greater opportunities at AFL level, after playing in only 2 games for the year, nominating South Australia as his preferred destination.[3] He was not selected in the 2012 AFL Draft, but was recruited by the Port Adelaide Magpies in the South Australian National Football League (SANFL).[4]

Slattery, along with 33 other Essendon players, was found guilty of using a banned performance enhancing substance, thymosin beta-4, as part of Essendon's sports supplements program during the 2012 season. He and his team-mates were initially found not guilty in March 2015 by the AFL Anti-Doping Tribunal,[5] but a guilty verdict was returned in January 2016 after an appeal by the World Anti-Doping Agency. He was suspended for two years which, with backdating, ended in November 2016; as a result, he served approximately fourteen months of his suspension and missed the entire 2016 season, during which time he had intended to coach Nuriootpa Rovers Football Club in the Barossa Light & Gawler Football League.[6]


Statistics are correct to end of 2012 season.[7][8]
Season Team No. Games G B K H D M T G B K H D M T
Totals Averages (per game)
2005 Essendon34420171734760.
2006 Essendon2080131447530160.
2007 Essendon202043919618755780.
2008 Essendon20203210511822359740.
2009 Essendon20212313514528076800.
2010 Essendon201311726814038540.
2011 Essendon2080148338119340.
2012 Essendon20200549020.
Career 96 12 11 504 525 1029 284 344 0.1 0.1 5.2 5.5 10.7 3.0 2.6
 G  Goals  B  Behinds  K  Kicks  H  Handballs  D  Disposals  M  Marks  T  Tackles


  1. Bombers ignite to down Saints
  2. Slick Slattery's sizing them up
  3. Henry Slattery has played his last game at Essendon
  4. Schultz, Duane (7 February 2013). "Port Adelaide Magpies recruit Henry Slattery faces nervous wait as ASADA-AFL probe into former club Essendon". The Advertiser. Retrieved 24 February 2013.
  5. Twomey, Callum (31 March 2015). "Thirty-four present and former Bombers cleared of all drug charges". AFL.com.au. Retrieved 31 March 2015.
  6. Travis King (12 January 2016). "Guilty: court bans the Essendon 34 for 2016". Australian Football League. Retrieved 12 January 2016.
  7. "Henry Slattery statistics". AFL Tables. Retrieved 8 October 2012.
  8. "Henry Slattery of the Essendon Bombers Career AFL Stats". Retrieved 8 October 2012.
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