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Keith Batchelor

Keith Batchelor

1952-1955
4
Other Guernsey Nos.
23

21 CFC Games Played

17 CFC Goals

Date of Birth
4 October 1930
Date of Death
24 September 2009
Recruited From
Murrumbeena/Carlton
Collingwood Debut
1952
Height:
183cm
Weight:
86kg

Biography

The son of former Magpie Vin Batchelor, Keith had a long, frustrating and finally remarkable journey to the elite level of Australian football.

He initially appeared at Victoria park in 1947 from Murrumbeena. Over the next five years he played a number of games (at least 28 – records are incomplete) with our reserves team, before crossing to Carlton in June of 1951. He played only reserves football for the Blues, and crossed back to Victoria Park midway through the 1952 season.

There, after eight more games with the Magpie seconds, he was finally plucked out to make his debut – in the 1952 grand final! One of only five players to have debuted in the biggest game of the year, he was named at full-back that day and lined up against the great Geelong full-forward George Goninon. Batchelor battled bravely but he, like his teammates, was eventually overwhelmed, and Goninon kicked five as his team cantered away to an easy victory.

One year later, and after just eight more games in between, Batchelor was back for another grand final against Geelong – this time at the opposite end of the ground, at full-forward! And to complete the turnaround, Batchelor kicked a game-high four goals as the Pies turned the tables on the highly fancied Cats.

He managed only 11 more games over the next two seasons as frequent injuries blighted his progress, and he retired at the end of 1955 with only 21 games to his credit.

 

Statistics

CFC Career Stats

Season played Games Goals Finals Win %
1952-1955 21 17 5 80%

CFC Season by Season Stats

Season GP GL B K H T D Guernsey No.
1952 1 0 23

1952 Season stats

Hide Season
RD VS Result GL B K H T D Guernsey No. Match Report
Grand Final Geelong L 0 23 View match >
Legend
  • #Guernsey
  • GLGoals
  • BBehinds
  • KKicks
  • HHandballs
  • DDisposals
  • MMarks
  • TTackles
*Player goal statistics included VFA (Victorian Football Association) results.
1953 9 8 2 0 4

1953 Season stats

Hide Season
RD VS Result GL B K H T D Guernsey No. Match Report
Round 1 Sydney W 1 0 4 View match >
Round 2 North Melbourne L 2 0 4 View match >
Round 3 Geelong L 0 4 View match >
Round 4 Carlton W 0 4 View match >
Round 5 Hawthorn W 0 4 View match >
Round 6 Richmond W 0 4 View match >
Round 12 Sydney W 0 4 View match >
Semi Final Geelong W 1 0 4 View match >
Grand Final Geelong W 4 2 0 4 View match >
Legend
  • #Guernsey
  • GLGoals
  • BBehinds
  • KKicks
  • HHandballs
  • DDisposals
  • MMarks
  • TTackles
*Player goal statistics included VFA (Victorian Football Association) results.
1954 1 3 0 4

1954 Season stats

Hide Season
RD VS Result GL B K H T D Guernsey No. Match Report
Round 1 Melbourne W 3 0 4 View match >
Legend
  • #Guernsey
  • GLGoals
  • BBehinds
  • KKicks
  • HHandballs
  • DDisposals
  • MMarks
  • TTackles
*Player goal statistics included VFA (Victorian Football Association) results.
1955 10 6 0 0 4

1955 Season stats

Hide Season
RD VS Result GL B K H T D Guernsey No. Match Report
Round 2 North Melbourne W 1 0 4 View match >
Round 3 St Kilda W 0 4 View match >
Round 5 Carlton W 2 0 4 View match >
Round 6 Essendon W 1 0 4 View match >
Round 7 Fitzroy W 0 4 View match >
Round 10 Richmond W 0 4 View match >
Round 15 Hawthorn W 0 4 View match >
Round 16 Carlton W 0 4 View match >
Preliminary Final Geelong W 2 0 4 View match >
Grand Final Melbourne L 0 0 0 4 View match >
Legend
  • #Guernsey
  • GLGoals
  • BBehinds
  • KKicks
  • HHandballs
  • DDisposals
  • MMarks
  • TTackles
*Player goal statistics included VFA (Victorian Football Association) results.
Totals 21 17 2
Avg/Game   0.81 0.10
Legend
  • GPGames Played
  • GLGoals
  • BBehinds
  • KKicks
  • HHandballs
  • TTackles
  • DDisposals

Key Facts

CFC Debut Number

554

Total AFL Games
42
Total AFL Goals
17
CFC Debut
1952
CFC Last Game
Grand Final, 1955
Recruited From
Murrumbeena/Carlton
Full Name
Keith Batchelor

Awards

  • Premiership
    1953
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