John Paynter

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 Glenelg Career Highlights
  • GFC League Player Number: 651
  • GFC League Debut: AFC, 1980
  • Glenelg 19801982
    • 70 games
    • 82 goals
 Other Career Highlights
  • Sturt 1983 - 1992
    • 246 games, 249 goals
  • Best and Fairest 1983, 1986, 1989, 1991
  • Captain 1991, 1992
  • Represented South Australia 6 times

* Stats current to end of 2009

John Paynter


  • Born: Adelaide 15/5/1960
  • Height: 177cm
  • Weight: 76kg
  • Recruited from: Brighton High
  • Previous Club:
  • GFC League Debut: 1980

Guernsey Number: 11


Playing mainly as a ruck-rover, John Paynter was always a tidy, even elegant footballer, who improved and became more influential as his long career went on.

He joined Glenelg from Brighton High School and, after making his league debut in 1980, went on to become a regular in the side for three years. During that time he played 70 SANFL games, including the losing grand finals of 1981 and 1982, and kicked 82 goals.

In 1983 he crossed to Sturt and was a key member of the team for the next ten years, playing 246 games and kicking 249 goals, winning four club best and fairest awards, and serving as captain in his last two seasons. He also represented the state on 6 occasions, and was undoubtedly one of the finest South Australian footballers of his generation not to cross to the VFL.


1. Pride of the Bay

2. Full Points Footy

3. SANFL Grand Final Football Budget 1982

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