Gavin Wanganeen is a formerAustralian rules footballer who retired midway through the 2006 season after well in excess of 300 senior games. He was undoubtedly one of the finest and most instantly recognizable footballers of his time.

He played for Essendon in the Australian Football League (AFL) and Port Adelaide in both the AFL and the South Australian National Football League (SANFL), winning the 1993 Brownlow Medal.

Five times an AFL All Australian, Gavin Wanganeen was the first indigenous footballer to amass 300 games (127 with the Bombers, 173 for Port) at AFL level. Even more significantly, however, he was revered, and will be remembered with affection and esteem, at two top level clubs, with the high regard in which he was held at Essendon, in particular, being emphasized by his inclusion, in a back pocket, in the club’s official ‘Team of the Century’.

Playing Career

1991 – 96 Essendon, 1997 0 2006 Port Adelaide





Playing Honours

  • 2x AFL premiership player (1993, 2004)
  • SANFL premiership player (1990)
  • John Cahill Medal (2003)
  • Port Adelaide captain (1997–2000)
  • 5× All-Australian team (1992, 1993, 1995, 2001, 2003)
  • National Football Carnival championship (1993)
  • Brownlow Medal (1993)
  • Michael Tuck Medal (1993)
  • Essendon Team of the Century (back pocket)
  • Champions of Essendon (number 19)
  • Australian Football Hall of Fame

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