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Des Healey

Des Healey

1948-1955
12

149 CFC Games Played

37 CFC Goals

Date of Birth
5 September 1927
Date of Death
18 March 2009
Recruited From
Preston YCW
Collingwood Debut
Round 1, 1948
Height:
168cm
Weight:
69kg

Biography

Small, fast and tenacious, he was one of Collingwood’s greatest wingers. Healey was a fine mark for his inches and a beautiful stab pass. He had a brilliant year in 1953, winning All-Australian selection and starring in his team’s premiership win.

In the 1955 Grand Final he had been one of Collingwood’s best players when with only three minutes to go he was involved in one of the most talked about Grand Final incidents of all time. He collided with “Bluey” Adams who had come off the bench.

Twelve days after his 28th birthday, the Magpie wingman was racing at top speed as he desperately sought to take the ball forward, with time ticking down.

He was completely unaware that Melbourne’s 20-year-old reserve Frank ‘Bluey’ Adams was coming onto the ground to replace Geoff Case, and was making a speedy pathway to stop him.

A gifted foot runner, Adams was bearing down on Healey before he even knew it.

And there was an audible crack as the two footballers hit heads as the force of impact knocked both of them unconscious.

The Argus summed up the moment etched in the minds of those who were there: “Healey was breaking clear of a pack near the centre, the ball under his arms, at top speed they converged. Players and the 88,000 (it was actually 88,053) spectators waited for the elusive Healey sidestep. It did not come. The players (Adams and Healey) collided and fell unconscious.”

“Every spectator at the ground gasped as Adams flashed from the boundary line and hurled headlong into Healey with a crash that could be heard in many parts of the ground. Healey, who was racing with the ball, had no defence against Adams, who had just been sent on as a replacement for Geoff Case.”

Healey lay unconscious on the MCG turf, on his back, an arm draped almost unnaturally across his chest.

A few metres away Adams was on his side with one hand to his face, knocked out by the force of the collision and the head clash.

Although only 27 he gave League football away, saying: “I couldn’t stand another blow like that one.”

Healey won the Copeland Trophy that year, but still suffered headaches for months afterwards.

Collingwood fans never forgave Adams and were still hooting him ten years later for ending the career of the man regarded by Lou Richards and Phonse Kyne as the best winger Collingwood ever had.

Healey retired a Copeland Trophy winner, with three previous placings, a Victorian representative and an All-Australian, and as a man whom Essendon great John Coleman once described as the best wingman he had seen.

In eight seasons across 149 games, Healey provided one third of the special centre line that included centreman Bill Twomey and fellow wingman Thorold Merrett.

Healey later coached Wodonga and Junee.

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Statistics

CFC Career Stats

Season played Games Goals Finals Win %
1948-1955 149 37 13 65%

CFC Season by Season Stats

Season GP GL B K H T D Guernsey No.
1948 21 1 0 12

1948 Season stats

Hide Season
RD VS Result GL B K H T D Guernsey No. Match Report
Round 1 North Melbourne W 0 12 View match >
Round 2 Sydney W 0 12 View match >
Round 3 Essendon L 1 0 12 View match >
Round 4 Geelong W 0 12 View match >
Round 5 Carlton W 0 12 View match >
Round 6 Richmond L 0 12 View match >
Round 7 St Kilda W 0 12 View match >
Round 8 Melbourne W 0 12 View match >
Round 9 Hawthorn W 0 12 View match >
Round 10 Fitzroy W 0 12 View match >
Round 11 Western Bulldogs W 0 12 View match >
Round 12 North Melbourne W 0 12 View match >
Round 13 Sydney W 0 12 View match >
Round 14 Essendon L 0 12 View match >
Round 15 Geelong L 0 12 View match >
Round 16 Carlton L 0 12 View match >
Round 17 Richmond W 0 12 View match >
Round 18 St Kilda W 0 12 View match >
Round 19 Melbourne L 0 12 View match >
Semi Final Western Bulldogs W 0 12 View match >
Preliminary Final Melbourne L 0 12 View match >
Legend
  • #Guernsey
  • GLGoals
  • BBehinds
  • KKicks
  • HHandballs
  • DDisposals
  • MMarks
  • TTackles
*Player goal statistics included VFA (Victorian Football Association) results.
1949 19 1 0 10

1949 Season stats

Hide Season
RD VS Result GL B K H T D Guernsey No. Match Report
Round 1 North Melbourne W 0 10 View match >
Round 2 Melbourne W 0 10 View match >
Round 3 Fitzroy L 0 10 View match >
Round 4 Hawthorn W 0 10 View match >
Round 5 Carlton L 0 10 View match >
Round 6 Essendon W 1 0 10 View match >
Round 7 Western Bulldogs W 0 10 View match >
Round 8 St Kilda W 0 10 View match >
Round 9 Geelong W 0 10 View match >
Round 10 Richmond W 0 10 View match >
Round 11 Sydney W 0 10 View match >
Round 12 North Melbourne L 0 10 View match >
Round 13 Melbourne L 0 10 View match >
Round 15 Hawthorn W 0 10 View match >
Round 16 Carlton W 0 10 View match >
Round 17 Essendon L 0 10 View match >
Round 18 Western Bulldogs W 0 10 View match >
Round 19 St Kilda L 0 10 View match >
Semi Final Essendon L 0 10 View match >
Legend
  • #Guernsey
  • GLGoals
  • BBehinds
  • KKicks
  • HHandballs
  • DDisposals
  • MMarks
  • TTackles
*Player goal statistics included VFA (Victorian Football Association) results.
1950 16 4 0 12

1950 Season stats

Hide Season
RD VS Result GL B K H T D Guernsey No. Match Report
Round 1 Sydney L 1 0 12 View match >
Round 2 Fitzroy W 0 12 View match >
Round 3 Carlton L 0 12 View match >
Round 4 Hawthorn W 0 12 View match >
Round 5 Geelong W 0 12 View match >
Round 6 Richmond L 0 12 View match >
Round 7 Western Bulldogs W 0 12 View match >
Round 8 Melbourne L 0 12 View match >
Round 9 North Melbourne L 0 12 View match >
Round 10 St Kilda W 0 12 View match >
Round 11 Essendon L 0 12 View match >
Round 13 Fitzroy L 0 12 View match >
Round 14 Carlton W 1 0 12 View match >
Round 15 Hawthorn W 0 12 View match >
Round 16 Geelong L 0 12 View match >
Round 18 Western Bulldogs W 2 0 12 View match >
Legend
  • #Guernsey
  • GLGoals
  • BBehinds
  • KKicks
  • HHandballs
  • DDisposals
  • MMarks
  • TTackles
*Player goal statistics included VFA (Victorian Football Association) results.
1951 20 6 0 12

1951 Season stats

Hide Season
RD VS Result GL B K H T D Guernsey No. Match Report
Round 1 North Melbourne W 0 12 View match >
Round 2 Melbourne W 0 12 View match >
Round 3 Geelong W 0 12 View match >
Round 4 Essendon L 0 12 View match >
Round 5 Richmond L 0 12 View match >
Round 6 Sydney W 1 0 12 View match >
Round 7 St Kilda W 0 12 View match >
Round 8 Carlton W 0 12 View match >
Round 9 Hawthorn W 0 12 View match >
Round 10 Western Bulldogs L 0 12 View match >
Round 11 Fitzroy L 0 12 View match >
Round 12 North Melbourne W 0 12 View match >
Round 13 Melbourne W 0 12 View match >
Round 14 Geelong W 0 12 View match >
Round 15 Essendon W 1 0 12 View match >
Round 16 Richmond W 0 12 View match >
Round 17 Sydney W 3 0 12 View match >
Round 18 St Kilda W 1 0 12 View match >
Semi Final Geelong L 0 12 View match >
Preliminary Final Essendon L 0 12 View match >
Legend
  • #Guernsey
  • GLGoals
  • BBehinds
  • KKicks
  • HHandballs
  • DDisposals
  • MMarks
  • TTackles
*Player goal statistics included VFA (Victorian Football Association) results.
1952 20 3 0 12

1952 Season stats

Hide Season
RD VS Result GL B K H T D Guernsey No. Match Report
Round 1 Hawthorn W 0 12 View match >
Round 2 Fitzroy W 0 12 View match >
Round 3 Essendon W 0 12 View match >
Round 4 St Kilda W 1 0 12 View match >
Round 5 Carlton W 0 12 View match >
Round 6 Western Bulldogs W 0 12 View match >
Round 7 Melbourne L 0 12 View match >
Round 8 Richmond W 0 12 View match >
Round 9 North Melbourne L 0 12 View match >
Round 10 Sydney W 1 0 12 View match >
Round 11 Richmond W 0 12 View match >
Round 12 Geelong L 0 12 View match >
Round 13 Hawthorn W 0 12 View match >
Round 14 Fitzroy L 0 12 View match >
Round 17 Carlton L 0 12 View match >
Round 18 Western Bulldogs W 0 12 View match >
Round 19 Melbourne W 0 12 View match >
Semi Final Geelong L 0 12 View match >
Preliminary Final Fitzroy W 1 0 12 View match >
Grand Final Geelong L 0 12 View match >
Legend
  • #Guernsey
  • GLGoals
  • BBehinds
  • KKicks
  • HHandballs
  • DDisposals
  • MMarks
  • TTackles
*Player goal statistics included VFA (Victorian Football Association) results.
1953 17 6 0 0 12

1953 Season stats

Hide Season
RD VS Result GL B K H T D Guernsey No. Match Report
Round 1 Sydney W 0 12 View match >
Round 3 Geelong L 2 0 12 View match >
Round 4 Carlton W 0 12 View match >
Round 5 Hawthorn W 1 0 12 View match >
Round 6 Richmond W 0 12 View match >
Round 7 Western Bulldogs W 0 12 View match >
Round 8 St Kilda W 0 12 View match >
Round 9 Melbourne W 1 0 12 View match >
Round 10 Essendon L 0 12 View match >
Round 11 Fitzroy L 0 12 View match >
Round 13 North Melbourne W 0 12 View match >
Round 14 Geelong W 0 12 View match >
Round 15 Carlton W 0 12 View match >
Round 16 Hawthorn W 0 12 View match >
Round 17 Richmond W 0 12 View match >
Semi Final Geelong W 0 12 View match >
Grand Final Geelong W 2 0 0 12 View match >
Legend
  • #Guernsey
  • GLGoals
  • BBehinds
  • KKicks
  • HHandballs
  • DDisposals
  • MMarks
  • TTackles
*Player goal statistics included VFA (Victorian Football Association) results.
1954 17 10 0 12

1954 Season stats

Hide Season
RD VS Result GL B K H T D Guernsey No. Match Report
Round 1 Melbourne W 0 12 View match >
Round 2 Fitzroy W 0 12 View match >
Round 3 St Kilda W 1 0 12 View match >
Round 4 Essendon W 0 12 View match >
Round 5 Sydney W 0 12 View match >
Round 6 Geelong L 0 12 View match >
Round 7 Richmond L 1 0 12 View match >
Round 9 North Melbourne L 0 12 View match >
Round 10 Hawthorn W 0 12 View match >
Round 11 Western Bulldogs W 1 0 12 View match >
Round 12 Melbourne W 0 12 View match >
Round 13 Fitzroy L 0 12 View match >
Round 14 St Kilda W 1 0 12 View match >
Round 15 Essendon L 3 0 12 View match >
Round 16 Sydney L 2 0 12 View match >
Round 17 Geelong L 0 12 View match >
Round 18 Richmond L 1 0 12 View match >
Legend
  • #Guernsey
  • GLGoals
  • BBehinds
  • KKicks
  • HHandballs
  • DDisposals
  • MMarks
  • TTackles
*Player goal statistics included VFA (Victorian Football Association) results.
1955 19 6 0 0 12

1955 Season stats

Hide Season
RD VS Result GL B K H T D Guernsey No. Match Report
Round 1 Western Bulldogs L 0 12 View match >
Round 4 Hawthorn L 0 12 View match >
Round 5 Carlton W 0 12 View match >
Round 6 Essendon W 0 12 View match >
Round 7 Fitzroy W 0 12 View match >
Round 8 Geelong W 0 12 View match >
Round 9 Sydney W 0 12 View match >
Round 10 Richmond W 0 12 View match >
Round 11 Melbourne W 0 12 View match >
Round 12 Western Bulldogs L 0 12 View match >
Round 13 North Melbourne W 0 12 View match >
Round 14 St Kilda W 2 0 12 View match >
Round 15 Hawthorn W 1 0 12 View match >
Round 16 Carlton W 0 12 View match >
Round 17 Essendon L 2 0 12 View match >
Round 18 Fitzroy W 1 0 12 View match >
Semi Final Melbourne L 0 12 View match >
Preliminary Final Geelong W 0 12 View match >
Grand Final Melbourne L 0 0 0 12 View match >
Legend
  • #Guernsey
  • GLGoals
  • BBehinds
  • KKicks
  • HHandballs
  • DDisposals
  • MMarks
  • TTackles
*Player goal statistics included VFA (Victorian Football Association) results.
Totals 149 37 0
Avg/Game   0.25 0.00
Legend
  • GPGames Played
  • GLGoals
  • BBehinds
  • KKicks
  • HHandballs
  • TTackles
  • DDisposals

Key Facts

CFC Debut Number

507

Total AFL Games
149
Total AFL Goals
37
CFC Debut
Round 1, 1948
CFC Last Game
Grand Final, 1955
Recruited From
Preston YCW
Full Name
Des Healey

Awards

  • All Australian
    1953
  • Life Members
    1985
  • Reserves/VFL Best and Fairest
    1947
  • Best Finals Player (Bob Rose Award)
    1955
  • CFC Hall of Fame
    2006
  • E.W. Copeland Trophy (Best and Fairest)
    1955
  • x2
    Runner up Best and Fairest (R.T. Rush Trophy)
    1951, 1954
  • Third Best and Fairest (J.J. Joyce Trophy)
    1953
  • Premiership
    1953
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