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Updated: 04/10/2009

Gavin Wanganeen

Gavin Wanganeen was recruited from Port Adelaide in South Australia for the 1991 season. It was immediately obvious that he was a special player and in 1993 he won the Brownlow Medal as well as assisting the Bombers to the Premiership. He was the third youngest player to win the award, only Dick Reynolds, Essendon's player on the Booklet cover and Fitzroy's Dinny Ryan were younger. He won All-Australian selection in 1992, 1993, 1995, 2001 and 2003. After playing 127 games foe Essendon he returned home at the end of 1996 to be Port Adelaide's inaugural captain.

He was chosen by the Essendon Football Club as its star on the Essendon Centenary Maximum Card and Postcard. The post card is displayed below. The maximum card is essentially the same except that the background is less distinct and there is a stamp and postmark. A cover with the outline of the postcard was also released.

1996 AFL Centenary Post Card

In 2000 playing for Port Adelaide he was included as one of the 27 covers to commemorate the Superstars of the AFL and the Captains, on the first day of issue of the AFL P stamps.

In the 2001 Season, he relinquished the Captainship to Matthew Primus and had his best season for Port playing 24 games. He also gained All Australian Selection.

2002 was serviceable and he played another 20 games.

In 2003 he played 24 taking his total to 256* and won All Australian selection.

On the 31st May 2004
Gavin Wanganeen played his 300th AFL Game. He was also a member of Port Adelaide's First Premiership Team.