John Bonney

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John Bonney
Personal information
Full name John Bonney
Date of birth (1946-05-21) 21 May 1946 (age 72)
Place of birth Burnie,Tasmania
Original team(s) Cooee
Height 177 cm (5 ft 10 in)
Weight 71.5 kg (158 lb)
Playing career1
Years Club Games (Goals)
1967–69, 1971–73, 1976 St Kilda 87 (79)
1 Playing statistics correct to the end of 1976.
Sources: AFL Tables,

John Bonney (born 21 May 1946) is a former Australian rules footballer who played with St Kilda. A wingman recruited from the small Tasmanian club Cooee, Bonney played in the St Kilda grand final team of 1971.[1] As an aspiring young player, he rang Collingwood hoping for a game, but was turned away. Wanting to play with a strong team, he then called St Kilda (who played in the 1966 VFL Grand Final), was accepted and played from the bench in the first game. In a career that was riddled with injuries, his nose was broken a total of 9 times, and he had a near fatal injury in which his spleen was punctured by a kick to the stomach. He missed the 1970 and 1974 seasons due to family reasons, and the 1972 season due to a knee injury.[2]


  1. ^ Holmesby, Russell; Main, Jim (2002). The Encyclopedia of AFL Footballers: every AFL/VFL player since 1897 (4th ed.). Melbourne, Victoria: Crown Content. p. 53. ISBN 1-74095-001-1.
  2. ^ St Kilda, The Age, 5 March 1973

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