Simon Madden One Of The Greatest Ruckman
Simon Madden Former AFL Player and President of AFL Players Association.
Born on December 30, 1957, Simon Madden is one of the very few Australian Rules players who played more than 300 senior games and earned the fame of one of the greatest ruckman of the game. Justin, Simon Madden’s brother, was another great ruckman who played for Carlton and Essendon clubs.
Justin too, played more than 300 league games, making Simon Madden and Justin as the only brothers to have achieved that feat.
Both brothers completed their secondary schooling from St. Bernard’s College, Essendon. The school was renowned for producing top class sports players for years. St. Bernard’s College is the only school that ever produced 3 players who played more than 300 games in Australian Rules.
The first player produced by the school was Bomber Garry Foulds.
1974-1992 – Overall Playing Career
Simon Madden started playing for Essendon Football Club in 1974 and continued to play for the club until his retirement in 1992. With 378 senior league games under his belt, just behind Dustin Fletcher from Essendon, Simon Madden is known as one of the greatest ruckman of Australian Rules.
He also holds the record of playing 5th most number of matches in League history with Michael Tuck, Kevin Bartlett, Robert Harvey and Dustin Fletcher taking the first four positions respectively.
Though Simon Madden was mostly a ruckman, he often played as a forward player and scored a total of 575 goals in 378 matches. 575 goals was actually a club record, which was eventually broken 2003 by Matthew Lloyd who was a former full-forward player of Essendon Club.
Simon Madden captained the Essendon Football Club team for seasons 1980 and 1981 and for years 1984 and 1985, he played in back-to-back premiership sides, winning Norm Smith Medal in the Grand Final of 1985 for being ‘best on ground’.
In 1986, Sydney Swans offered Simon Madden a contract of $500,000 for staying with Essendon for his entire career. Simon Madden declined the offer. For seasons 1989, 1990 and 1991, Simon Madden captained the Victorian interstate team and won the Simpson Medal in 1990 for being ‘best on ground’ in a match played between Victoria and Western Australia in Perth. He was a member of the All-Australian Team in years 1983, 1987 and 1988.
Career As A Coach
Simon Madden became Carlton’s ruck coach for a brief period of time after his playing career was over. He coached the Blues in 1993 and the team managed to enter the grand final but eventually lost to Essendon, which was Madden’s former club.
In 2005, Madden became the head coach of St. Bernard’s Old Collegians Football Club.
Awards And Achievements
Simon Madden has a basket full of awards and achievements that he earned throughout his playing career. Here is a quick list of his achievements:
• 1984-1985 – Became a premiership player.
• 1977, 1979, 1983 and 1984 – Won the Best and Fairest title of Essendon Club.
• 1980-1981 – Captained the Essendon team.
• 1980, 1982 and 1991 – Became the leading goal kicker for Essendon.
• 1985 – Won the Norm Smith Medal.
• 1988 – He was the runner-up for Brownlow Medal.
• 1983, 1987, 1988 – Selected as a member of All-Australian Team.
• 1990 – Won the Simpson Medal.
• 1989-1991 – Captained the Victorian team.
Simon Madden was also inducted into Australian Football Hall of Fame. He was also a ruckman for Essendon Team of the Century. Simon Madden is one of the greatest Australian Rules football players the nation has seen and his fame will continue to motivate hundreds of players for years to follow.