Wayne Schimmelbusch

Wayne Schimmelbusch (born 19 January 1953) is a former Australian rules footballer in the (then) Victorian Football League (VFL).

Wayne Schimmelbusch
Personal information
Full name Wayne Schimmelbusch
Date of birth (1953-01-19) 19 January 1953
Original team(s) Brunswick
Height 179 cm (5 ft 10 in)
Weight 74 kg (163 lb)
Playing career1
Years Club Games (Goals)
19731987 North Melbourne 306 (354)
Coaching career
Years Club Games (W–L–D)
19901992 North Melbourne 66 (31–35–0)
1 Playing statistics correct to the end of 1987.
Career highlights
  • North Melbourne captain 1979-1987
  • North Melbourne club leading goalkicker 1976
  • North Melbourne premierships 1975, 1977
  • Victorian representative (7 games, 12 goals)
Sources: AFL Tables, AustralianFootball.com

Schimmelbusch played in 306 games, including 29 finals games, for the North Melbourne Football Club, which was then a club games played record.[1] He was recruited in 1973 from the Brunswick Football Club in the Victorian Football Association, where he won the J. J. Field Trophy as the VFA second division's best and fairest in 1972. His retirement in 1987 was forced due to a serious knee injury sustained during a match against the Sydney Swans.[2]

Schimmelbusch was appointed coach of the North Melbourne Football Club in 1990. The team did not perform well, and in the 1993 pre-season after a 147-point loss to Adelaide, Schimmelbusch was sacked and replaced by Denis Pagan, who had previously coached North Melbourne’s under-19 and Essendon Football Club’s reserves teams.

Schimmelbusch's brother Daryl also played for North Melbourne Football Club.

Schimmelbusch was inducted into the Australian Football Hall of Fame in 1997 and named in the North Melbourne "Team of the Century" (half forward flank) in 2001.


  1. "Schimmelbusch bows to Archer rivalry". Herald Sun. 22 August 2007.
  2. Blake, Martin (2 June 1987). "Surgery for Schimmelbusch". The Age. p. 52.

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