|Date of birth||17 June 1961|
|Original team(s)||Claremont (WAFL)|
Round 10, 1981, Collingwood|
vs. Richmond, at Victoria Park
|Height||178 cm (5 ft 10 in)|
|Weight||80 kg (176 lb)|
|1987–1990||West Coast||58 (40)|
1 Playing statistics correct to the end of 1990.
|Sources: AFL Tables, AustralianFootball.com|
Annear began his career in Western Australia with Claremont and played 62 West Australian Football League games over three years before being recruited by Collingwood. He was used as a midfielder and played his best football at Richmond, where in 1984 he finished second in their best and fairest. Andrew Demetriou (subsequently CEO of the Australian Football League from 2003–2014) was suspended in that year for striking Annear.
In 1987 he crossed to West Coast who were competing in their inaugural VFL season and was their second most experienced player behind Ross Glendinning. He made State of Origin appearances for Western Australia towards the end of the decade.
- John Annear's playing statistics from AFL Tables
- John Annear at AustralianFootball.com
- Holmesby, Russell and Main, Jim (2007). The Encyclopedia of AFL Footballers. 7th ed. Melbourne: Bas Publishing.