JOHN WORSFOLD is the incumbent Senior Coach of the West Coast Eagles, has had a number of afl trading cards issued during his playing career, and some of these cards are available at qualityafltradingcards.com.
Worsfold was recruited from the powerful South Fremantle Football Club and made his West Coast Eagles playing debut in 1987. He played 209 Games and kicked 37 Goals for the Eagles until his retirement in 1998. He soaked up all the physical pressure and often displayed total aggression at the ball, and his heavy tackling was respected and feared by many opponents throughout his career. His fierce desire and commitment at every contest blazed the way for more gifted team-mates to win the ball in an easier manner.
John Worsfold had an immediate impact at AFL level and won the West Coast Eagles Club Best & Fairest Award in 1988 and did not turn 20 years of age until the season was over. He was admired by his peers and rewarded by the West Coast hierarchy with appointment as Eagles Captain in 1991 at just 22 years of age.
His appointmentt proved inspirational, as Worsfold stamped his authority on the Club and the AFL, by taking his Team all the way to the Grand Final in 1991, in which they were defeated. However, his strength of leadership from the front was the driving force behind the Eagles powerhouse displays through the 1990’s, culminating in winning the AFL Premierships in both 1992 and 1994.
Worsfold retained the West Coast Captaincy until his retirement in 1998, and an unfortunate knee injury in 1996 caused him to lose a little pace and mobility. Regular switches to the forward line allowed him to apply physical pressure to opposition defenders, and there were many additional scoring opportunities created for some of his sharp-shooting team mates.
After retiring as a player, Worsfold accepted a role as an assistant coach with the Carlton Blues, and benefited from the mentoring of one of the AFL’s Legendary Coaches, David Parkin. His astute planning and intimate understanding of the game was enhanced during his stay with the Blues, and Coach Parkin was adamant that Worsfold would be a great acquisition by any AFL Club as their next Senior Coach.
In 2002 John Worsfold succeeded Michael Malthouse as the Senior Coach of the West Coast Eagles, and proved David Parkin right, as he Coached the Eagles into successive Grand Finals in 2005 and 2006. In 2005, in a close fought Grand Final , the Eagles were desperately unlucky to lose, as they were finishing all over the Sydney Swans, and only the much talked about Leo Barry match-saving mark on the last line of defence, in the final few seconds , saved the Swans from defeat. Revenge was sweet in 2006 for Worsfold and his Eagles players, when they recorded a very narrow victory over the Sydney Swans, and this further close encounter had become the norm between these 2 fine clubs.
John Worsfold is currently overseeing a rebuilding phase by the Eagles, but in true Worsfold spirit, the resurgence is very near, and could see Finals Action again in 2011, with realistic expectations of another Worsfold-led Eagles Premiership victory within 5 years.
UPDATE– 5 September 2013- John Worsfold announced today that he is retiring as Senior Coach of the West Coast Eagles Football club effective immediately.
UPDATE – 7 July 2015 – John Worsfold has today accepted a role as a Coaching Advisor with the Adelaide Crows Football Club, to assist the Club overcome the impact of the death of his close friend, Phillip Walsh.
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