Ken Sheldon

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Ken Sheldon
Personal information
Full name Ken Sheldon
Date of birth (1959-12-31) 31 December 1959 (age 58)
Original team(s) Mitiamo
Height 178 cm (5 ft 10 in)
Weight 76 kg (168 lb)
Playing career1
Years Club Games (Goals)
1977–1986 Carlton 132 (170)
1987–1989 St Kilda 053 0(24)
Total 185 (194)
Coaching career
Years Club Games (W–L–D)
1990–1993 St Kilda 86 (47–38–1)
1 Playing statistics correct to the end of 1989.
Sources: AFL Tables,

Kenneth "Ken" Sheldon (born 31 December 1959) is a former Australian rules footballer in the Victorian Football League.[1] He is the father of the Brisbane Lions' player Sam Sheldon.

Carlton career[edit]

Recruited from Mitiamo, Sheldon, a rover, debuted with the Carlton Football Club in 1977.[1] He wore the Number 5 guernsey. In 1979 he kicked 53 goals and leading Carlton's goalkicking for the year. In the 1979 Grand Final, he is best remembered for receiving the ball from the sliding Wayne Harmes and kicking the winning goal to give the Blues a premiership win over Collingwood.[1]

Sheldon was also a part of the Blues' 1981 and 1982 premiership sides.[1]

St Kilda career[edit]

In 1987, Sheldon moved to the St Kilda Football Club after 132 games and 170 goals with Carlton. He went on to play 53 games for 24 goals with the Saints until the end of the 1989 season.[1]

Coaching career[edit]

Remaining at St Kilda, Sheldon became their coach from 1990. The 1991 season saw him lead the Saints to their first AFL Finals Series since 1973 and he was credited with turning the fortunes of the club which again made the finals in 1992.[1] He was not reappointed after the 1993 season, with the post being taken over by Stan Alves. Sheldon was the St Kilda Football Club's football operations manager from the end of the 2006 season through to the end of the 2007 season.[2]


  1. ^ a b c d e f Holmesby, Russell; Main, Jim (2003). The Encyclopedia of AFL Footballers: every AFL/VFL player since 1897 (5th ed.). Melbourne, Victoria: Crown Content. p. 661–662. ISBN 1-74095-032-1.
  2. ^ Lyon, Karen (14 October 2007). "Saints and Sheldon part ways". The Sunday Age.