AFL legend Barry Spherical has died on the age of 72.
Spherical’s VFL/AFL profession spanned 328 video games after he made his debut throughout the opening spherical of the 1969 season with Footscray.
He performed 135 video games with Footscray earlier than becoming a member of Sydney the place he performed 193 video games. His profession completed at Williamstown the place he performed one other 110 video games.
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Spherical’s highest particular person profession honour got here in 1981 when he completed atop the leaderboard of the Brownlow Medal on 22 votes alongside Fitzroy’s Bernie Quinlan.
His official reason for demise, as reported by the Herald Solar, was from organ failure.
Information of his demise left the soccer group heartbroken as tributes got here flooding in.
Journalist Mark Stevens wrote: “Bloody unhappy. Large of a bloke.”
Geelong famous person Patrick Dangerfield wrote: “RIP Barry Spherical.”
Spherical was born in Warragul in 1950 and made a reputation for himself within the AFL as a dominating huge man.
He was named to Australian Soccer’s Corridor of Fame in 2001 and was named as a member of Sydney’s Group of the Century in 2003.
He was a two-time finest and fairest winner at Sydney and captained the aspect between 1980 and 1984.
He was Williamstown’s premiership captain and coach in each 1986 and 1990 and was in 2014 inducted into the membership’s inaugural Corridor of Fame, then elevated to Legend standing on the identical night time.
Williamstown CEO Ashley Baker stated the membership is in mourning over the lack of the large of the Seagull’s.
“On behalf of the Williamstown Soccer Membership I want to move on our deepest condolences to the Spherical household,” Baker stated in an announcement on the membership’s web site.
“The Seagull household is mourning the lack of a membership legend and a gentleman who gave a lot to our nice sport and our fantastic membership.
“A twin premiership successful participant, J.J Liston Trophy winner, Norm Goss Medal recipient, three-time Gerry Callahan Medal winner and WFC Group of the Century and Corridor of Fame inductee says all of it.
“Barry will likely be missed by so many and we have now misplaced a real champion of the sport”.