Stephen Clifford

Stephen "Bomber" Clifford (born 18 September 1956) is a former Australian rules footballer in the South Australian National Football League (SANFL), playing for the Port Adelaide Football Club and in the Victorian Football League (VFL), playing for the Collingwood Football Club.

Stephen Clifford
Personal information
Date of birth (1956-09-18) 18 September 1956
Original team(s) Banyule
Playing career1
Years Club Games (Goals)
1978–1986 Port Adelaide (SANFL) 162 (174)
1973–1978 Collingwood (VFL) 038 0(13)
1 Playing statistics correct to the end of 1986.
Career highlights
  • Gardiner Medal 1974
  • 3-times Port Adelaide premiership player: 1979, 1980 & 1981
  • Best & Fairest Port Adelaide: 1978, 1980 & 1983
Sources: AFL Tables,

Clifford made his senior VFL debut for Collingwood as a 16-year-old in 1973, won the Gardiner Medal for Best and Fairest player in the VFL reserves the next season but could only amass 38 senior games for Collingwood until 1978. Recruited by SANFL club Port Adelaide early in the 1978 season, Clifford immediately starred, winning the first of his three club Best and Fairests that year. Clifford played in Port Adelaide's premiership teams of 1979, 1980, and 1981, and won further best & fairest awards in 1980 and 1983. While Clifford may be less remembered than other higher-profile Port players of his era, the fact that he won three club best and fairest awards over a six-year period is testament to his talent and consistency.


    • Football Times - 1987 Year Book

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