Stephen Silvagni

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Stephen Silvagni
AC. Stephen Silvagni, St Kilda FC 01.jpg
Silvagni in September 2009
Personal information
Nickname(s) Sos
Date of birth (1967-05-31) 31 May 1967 (age 54)
Place of birth Melbourne, Victoria, Australia
Original team(s) Marcellin College
Height 194 cm (6 ft 4 in)
Weight 95 kg (209 lb)
Position(s) Full Back/Centre Half Back/Centre Half Forward
Playing career1
YearsClubGames (Goals)
19852001 Carlton 312 (202)
1 Playing statistics correct to the end of 2001.
Career highlights
Sources: AFL Tables, AustralianFootball.com

Stephen Silvagni (born 31 May 1967) is a former Australian rules footballer who played for the Carlton Football Club in the Australian Football League (AFL).

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As the second member of three generations of Silvagnis to represent the Blues, he is regarded as one of the greatest ever full-backs to play the game and was named as full-back in the AFL Team of the Century and is an inductee in the Australian Football Hall of Fame. [1] Prior to 1985 he captained the undefeated Marcellin College 1st XVIII that won both the 1984 Associated Grammar Schools premiership, [2] and the coveted Herald Shield Cup then [3] played under lights at Waverley Park.

He is widely known by his nickname, "SOS" (pronounced "Soss"), standing for "Son of Serge", referring to his father, Sergio Silvagni, another great Carlton player. [4]

After retiring from football, Silvagni has worked as an assistant coach and list manager at several AFL clubs. [5] [6] He is the former list manager of Carlton Football Club.

VFL/AFL career

Playing career

Silvagni's defensive skills were renowned and earned him the status as a true clubman at Carlton. In 1996's AFL Team of the Century, Silvagni had the honour of being named at full-back. He retained the title as the best full-back for four years in succession, although he was also known for his marking and goalkicking ability when playing at the opposite end of the ground in the full-forward position at times, even kicking a bag of 10 goals in Round 16, 1993 against the Fitzroy Lions.

Possibly his finest game was in the 1995 AFL Grand Final where he kept Geelong legend Gary Ablett goalless for the entire game. [7]

In addition to Silvagni's blanketing tactics, he was also a renowned high-flyer, taking out the Mark of the Year in 1988. However, when one such mark led to an ankle injury, the high-flying aspect of his game largely disappeared.

A year after his retirement at the end of the 2001 season he announced that he would make a comeback to assist Carlton, following their penalties for salary cap infringements. He however changed his mind soon after and was not a listed player for the 2003 season. [8]

Silvangi also played as goalkeeper for the Australian International Rules team on several occasions, and won the inaugural Jim Stynes Medal in 1998.

Silvagni watches over Sam Fisher at training prior to the 2009 AFL Grand Final 25. Sam Fisher, St Kilda FC 01.jpg
Silvagni watches over Sam Fisher at training prior to the 2009 AFL Grand Final

Silvagni was a five time All-Australian, being selected in 1994, 1995, 1996, 1997 and 1999.

Post-playing career

After retiring from playing, Silvagni worked as an assistant coach at four AFL clubs, Collingwood, Sydney, Western Bulldogs, and most recently St Kilda from 2007 until the end of 2010. [5] In 2011, Silvagni took on the role of list manager with the fledgling Greater Western Sydney Giants. [6] He returned to Carlton as list manager in 2015, and remains there as of 2019; he was notably active in recruiting former GWS players to Carlton, with nine former GWS players shifting to Carlton in Silvagni's first three recruiting years. [9] Stephen departed the Carlton Football Club on 4 December 2019, following the 2019 AFL season. [10]

Statistics

[11]
Legend
 G  Goals  B  Behinds  K  Kicks  H  Handballs  D  Disposals  M  Marks  T  Tackles
AFL playing statistics
SeasonTeamNo.GamesTotalsAverages (per game) Votes
GBKHDMTGBKHDMT
1985 Carlton 117101336119461N/A0.10.07.83.611.43.6N/A4
1986 Carlton 11398874212945N/A0.70.66.73.29.93.5N/A0
1987 Carlton 115249995415350211.60.66.63.610.23.31.40
1988 Carlton 12412121879928674310.50.57.84.111.93.11.39
1989 Carlton 168850186824101.31.38.33.011.34.01.70
1990 Carlton 12257206142348109510.20.39.46.515.85.02.316
1991 Carlton 1934926816048180.30.410.27.617.85.32.06
1992 Carlton 1122812703410443112.31.05.82.88.73.60.95
1993 Carlton 122201418511830391320.90.68.45.413.84.11.56
1994 Carlton 1244317013330376400.20.17.15.512.63.21.76
1995 Carlton 124782139130482290.30.38.93.812.73.41.21
1996 Carlton 124641739226575440.30.27.23.811.03.11.85
1997 Carlton 11825131566622276201.40.78.73.712.34.21.15
1998 Carlton 11815141665922561340.80.89.23.312.53.41.92
1999 Carlton 1241520216117333108250.60.89.04.913.94.51.02
2000 Carlton 1205117710528289330.30.18.95.314.14.51.70
2001 Carlton 1201513172107279111260.80.78.65.414.05.61.32
Career31220215025521406395812234250.60.58.24.512.73.91.569

Personal life

Stephen Silvagni married Australian television celebrity Jo Bailey in 1996, and they have three sons. [12] Their eldest son Jack was drafted by the Carlton Football Club in 2015. He played his first match in round 15, 2016 against Collingwood. [13] Their second son, Ben, was also drafted by the Carlton Football Club in the 2018 AFL draft but was subsequently delisted after the 2020 season without having played a game. [14]

Since retiring from playing football he has worked in the media as a guest football commentator. [5]

Former Carlton Football Club key defender Alex Silvagni is Stephen's second cousin. (Alex's father Eric and Stephen's father Sergio are first cousins.) [15]

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References

  1. Hall of Fame listing
  2. http://www.agsvsport.com.au/files/36296/files/Archives/Premiership%20Archives%201981%20-%201990.pdf
  3. http://www.aflvic.com.au/schools-2/competitions/herald-sun-shield/
  4. "Full points footy biography". Archived from the original on 4 February 2012. Retrieved 29 July 2010.
  5. 1 2 3 Silvagni pulls plug on Saints
  6. 1 2 Greater Western Sydney's list manager Stephen Silvagni ready for national draft
  7. Saints defenders as thick as thieves
  8. Silvagni decides not to play
  9. "There are 27 former GWS Giants players on other club lists for 2017". Herald Sun. Melbourne, VIC.
  10. "Silvagni departs Carlton's administration after five years". Carlton Football Club. Retrieved 4 December 2019.
  11. Stephen Silvagni's player profile at AFL Tables
  12. Jo's on Tri run
  13. Gleeson, Michael (25 November 2015). "AFL draft 2015: Blues would have matched bid in the 20s for Jack Silvagni". The Age .
  14. "Blues confirm four list changes". www.carltonfc.com.au. Retrieved 25 October 2020.
  15. Carlton news