John Nicholls

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John Nicholls coached Glenelg to a Grand Final in his first year
 Glenelg Career Highlights
  • Coached Glenelg 1977 - 1978
    • took Glenelg to 2nd and 4th
  Other Career Highlights
  • Carlton (1957–1974)
    • 328 Games, 307 goals


  • Carlton Football Club Team of the Century – ruck
  • Carlton Premiership side: 1968, 1970, 1972
  • Carlton Premiership captain/coach: 1972
  • Carlton captain: 1963, 1968–1974
  • Carlton Best and Fairest: 1959, 1963, 1965-66-67
    • (Award renamed in his honour in 2004)
  • Carlton Best First Year Player: 1957
  • Victorian State Representative: 31 occasions (record)
  • Australian Football Hall of Fame – inaugural legend (1996)
  • AFL Team of the Century – back pocket


  • Carlton (1972–1975)
    • 75 matches
  • Coburg Tigers (1981)

One of the truly great players in the history of VFL/AFL football, and the man widely regarded as the finest ruckman ever to play the game, John Nicholls led the Carlton Football Club to two Premierships as captain, and a third as captain-coach, in a celebrated playing career spanning 18 seasons.

‘Big Nick’ was a skilful and inspirational on-field leader, as well as a fierce protector of his team-mates. He played his first senior match before his eighteenth birthday, and was retired – against his will - by the Carlton committee just 17 days before he turned thirty-five. In between, his career was packed with glory, controversy, heart-break, and just about every individual and team honour the game could provide.

He coached Glenelg for two seasons 1977 - 1978.


1. John Nicholls Wikipedia article

2. Blueseum article

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