Peter Thorne (Australian footballer)

Peter Thorne (born 24 January 1960) is a former Australian rules footballer who played for Melbourne in the Victorian Football League (VFL).

Peter Thorne
Personal information
Full name Peter Thorne
Date of birth (1960-01-24) 24 January 1960
Original team(s) Melbourne U-19s
Height 175 cm (5 ft 9 in)
Weight 79 kg (174 lb)
Position(s) Forward
Playing career1
Years Club Games (Goals)
1978–79, 1984 Melbourne 26 (35)
1 Playing statistics correct to the end of 1984.
Sources: AFL Tables,

Thorne did not make much of an impact in his first two league seasons but did kick a six goal haul in a win over South Melbourne at the MCG. He spent the next four years at East Perth before returning to Melbourne for the 1984 VFL season. Amongst his 17 goals for the year was a bag of seven against Footscray, with his teammate Kelvin Templeton contributing eight.

Back in Western Australia, Thorne played at Claremont and was a member of their 1987 premiership team. His performance in the WAFL Grand Final earned him the first of two Simpson Medals. The other came in a 1988 interstate match, against the Victorian Football Association.

Subiaco signed him on as their senior coach in 1997 and despite steering the club to the 1998 Preliminary Finals, he was replaced as coach in 1999.

Thorne became a biology teacher at Christ Church Grammar School in 1995, currently teaching for 24 years.[1]


  1. "Peter Thorne, Hill Head of House and Biology Teacher". Christ Church Grammar School. Retrieved 26 June 2011.
  • Holmesby, Russell and Main, Jim (2007). The Encyclopedia of AFL Footballers. 7th ed. Melbourne: Bas Publishing.
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