Full Name: DAVID THORPE
Date of Birth: 30/05/1948
Height: 185 cm ( 6-1 )
Weight: 83 kg ( 13-1 )
Debut: 13/07/1974, Round 15, Carlton
Last Game: 19/06/1976, Round 12, Fitzroy
Total Games: 27
Total Goals: 24
Honours: Premiership 1974.
Total Games: 9
Total Goals: 9
David was a ruck-rover and centreman. He grew up and played his early football in the Footscray area, playing with the Footscray Seniors between 1965 and 1973. During that time he won two club Best and Fairests and represented Victoria eight times. He was also selected in the 1972 All-Australian side. He captained Footscray in 1973, the year before he transferred to Richmond. Aggressive, skilled and a big possession winner, his kicking sometimes detracted from the rest of his game. He was a classy player who had great stamina and could run all day. David spent three seasons with Richmond and was a member of the 1974 Premiership side. He later played in the VFA with Port Melbourne and Yarraville before coaching for a year in Tasmania. His son Jarrod played senior football in South and Western Australia.
North Footscray U/16 1961-63, Games 32, Goals 47 ( Honours - Best & Fairest 1963 ) ; Footscray Thirds 1963-64, Games 31, Goals 43 ( Honours - Captain 1964 ) ; Footscray Reserves 1965-69, Games 29, Goals 12 ; Footscray Seniors 1965-73, Games 151, Goals 84 ( Captain 1973, Best & Fairest 1968, 1971, Victorian Representative Team Games 8 Goals 5, All-Australian Team 1972 ).
Yarraville Captain/Coach 1977-78, Games 33, Goals 31 ; Port Melbourne 1979, Games 6, Goals 8 ; Albion Captain/Coach 1981, Games 20, Goals 11, Wynyard Coach 1986, Games 21, Goals 1.