SIMON MADDEN was recruited from St. Christopher’s Essendon Districts ( Victoria ), by the Essendon Bombers and played 378 Games, kicking 575 Goals from 1974 to 1992. His durability is measured by his Games tally, which is the fourth highest of any Australian Football Player in AFL/VFL history. There are a number of Madden’s career cards , and many of his team-mates cards available at qualityafltradingcards.com.
Madden is generally regarded as being one of the greatest ruckmen to have played Our Game, and after his development years, was clearly acknowledged as the dominant ruckman in Australia until his retirement. He began his career as a gangly , awkward- looking mover, however soon impressed with his speed, vertical leap and agility that belied his appearance. Madden was a supreme tap ruckman, a consistently strong mark in all areas of the ground, and a regular, accurate Goalkicker, with his trusty left boot. He was renowned for his powerful contributions in key matches for the Bombers and earnt his mantle as a “big occasion player”.
Simon Madden deservedly collected numerous Awards during his lengthy Career, and include:- Essendon Bombers Club Best and Fairest Awards in 1977, 1979, 1983 and 1984, Essendon Leading Goalkicker in 1980, 1982 and 1991, Essendon Captain in 1980 and 1981, Essendon Premiership player in 1984, 1985, induction to the Essendon Bombers Team of the Century, won the Norm Smith Medal in the 1985 Grand Final, Runner-up in the 1988 Brownlow Medal, third in the 1983 Brownlow Medal, appointed as Captain of the Victorian State of Origin Team, selected as an All Australian in 1983, 1987 and 1988, and was an inaugural inductee to the Australian Football League Hall of Fame in 1996.
It is remarkable to ponder how Simon Madden was able to perform at consistently high levels during the mid to late 1980’s, when he also held the key role as President of the Australian Football League Players Association, from 1985 to 1989. His playing record of 378 Games is still an Essendon Club Record, although Dustin Fletcher is now closing in on this Total. Simon and his brother Justin ( Essendon and Carlton ) hold the unique record of being the only brothers in AFL/VFL history to both have played more than 300 Career Games.
Simon Madden has continued his involvement with the Essendon Bombers since his retirement as a player, and his tutelage of the younger Bombers talls, has instilled knowledge and postioning skills to enhance player development. Madden also took on the role as Head Coach at St Bernards Old Collegians, Essendon ( his former school ), in 2005. Madden always proved a credit to himself, his family and his Club with a dedicated and fair approach to all endeavours: his dominance of aerial contests has been sorely missed by the Essendon Bombers since the curtain fell on his wonderful career in 1992.
( Image courtesy of essendonfc.com.au ).