Shane Fitzsimmons (footballer)

Shane Fitzsimmons (born 24 December 1955) is a former Australian rules footballer who played with Melbourne in the Victorian Football League (VFL) during the 1970s. He also played for West Perth in the West Australian Football League (WAFL).

Shane Fitzsimmons
Personal information
Full name Shane Fitzsimmons
Date of birth (1955-12-24) 24 December 1955 (age 64)
Original team(s) Kyabram[1]
Height 182 cm (6 ft 0 in)
Weight 76 kg (168 lb)
Playing career1
Years Club Games (Goals)
1973–1979 Melbourne 63 (33)
1979–1983 West Perth 92
1 Playing statistics correct to the end of 1983.
Sources: AFL Tables,

Fitzsimmons was just 17 years old when he made his Melbourne debut, having come to the club from Kyabram.[2] He spent much of his time in the VFL as a half forward flanker and despite playing 14 games in his first season, made only 30 appearances over the next four years.[2] In 1978 he finally put together regular games and was sixth in Melbourne's Keith Truscott Medal count, after playing a total of 17 matches and averaging 15 disposals for the year.[2]

Although he appeared in the opening two rounds of the 1979 VFL season, Fitzsimmons finished the football season in Western Australia, with West Perth.[3] Used mostly across half back, he was West Perth's "Best and Fairest" winner in 1980.[3]


  1. ^ Holmesby, Russell; Main, Jim (2007). The Encyclopedia Of AFL Footballers. BAS Publishing. ISBN 978-1-920910-78-5.
  2. ^ a b c AFL Tables: Shane Fitzsimmons
  3. ^ a b Full Points Footy: Shane Fitzsimmons (Melbourne & West Perth)