Paul Bagshaw

Paul Lynton Bagshaw MBE (born 22 August 1946) is a former Australian rules footballer who represented Sturt in the South Australian National Football League (SANFL) during the 1960s and 1970s. Bagshaw played 360 games for the Double Blues and 14 for South Australia. He also kicked 258 goals for Sturt and captained the club from 1973 to 1980.[1] He played in seven winning grand finals.[2]

Paul Bagshaw
Personal information
Full name Paul Lynton Bagshaw
Nickname(s) Mr Magic
Date of birth (1946-08-22) 22 August 1946
Playing career1
Years Club Games (Goals)
1964–1980 Sturt 360 (258)
Representative team honours
Years Team Games (Goals)
South Australia 14
1 Playing statistics correct to the end of 1980.
Career highlights

Throughout his playing career, Bagshaw played mostly as ruck-rover, but also was an effective key position player. He was one of the last players to use the drop kick frequently, and displayed outstanding handball and marking skills.[3] His ability to achieve the seemingly impossible in tight situations gave rise to the nickname "Mr. Magic".[4] In 1979 Bagshaw was made a Member of the Order of the British Empire for his services to football.[5] He was inducted into the SANFL Hall of Fame in 2002,[1] and into the Australian Football Hall of Fame in 2016.

Bagshaw's father was 1940 Sturt premiership ruckman Hartley Bagshaw, while his younger brother John and son Guy also played for Sturt.[6]


  1. "Hall of fame – Paul Bagshaw". SANFL. Retrieved 27 January 2011.
  2. "SA Memory – Sturt Football Club". South Australian Government. Retrieved 3 February 2010.
  3. "South Australian team of the 20th century – forwards". Retrieved 27 January 2011.
  4. "Sturt trying to repeat a slice of history". Adelaide Advertiser. 2 October 2009. Retrieved 27 January 2011.
  5. "The Order of the British Empire - Member (Civil) (Imperial) (MBE) entry for Mr Paul Lynton BAGSHAW". It's an Honour, Australian Honours Database. Canberra, Australia: Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet. 31 December 1979. Retrieved 11 April 2019. In recognition of service to Australian Rules football
  6. Argent, Peter. "Sturt Football Club legend Paul Bagshaw inducted in to AFL Hall of Fame". The Victor Harbor Times. Fairfax Regional Media. Retrieved 15 February 2017.


  • Lysikatos, John (1995). Cornwall, Peter (ed.). True Blue: The History of the Sturt Football Club. Unley: Sturt Football Club. ISBN 0 9592687 1 5.
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