Glenn Archer
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Archer in 2006
Personal information
Full name Glenn Archer
Nickname(s) Arch[1]
Date of birth (1973-03-24) 24 March 1973 (age 49)
Place of birth Victoria, Australia
Original team(s) Noble Park
Height 182 cm (6 ft 0 in)
Weight 91 kg (201 lb)
Position(s) Defender
Playing career1
Years Club Games (Goals)
1992–2007 North Melbourne 311 (148)
Representative team honours
Years Team Games (Goals)
1996–1998 Victoria 3 (?)
1 Playing statistics correct to the end of 2007.
Career highlights
Sources: AFL Tables, AustralianFootball.com

Glenn Archer (born 24 March 1973) is a former professional Australian rules footballer who played his entire career with the North Melbourne Football Club.

Archer had a reputation as one of the most courageous players ever to play the game. The AFL Players Association awarded him the Robert Rose Award for Most Courageous Player six times in nine years between 1998 and 2006, the most of any player in the award's history. In recognition as one of the best players in the AFL, Archer achieved All-Australian selection three times and also represented Victoria in State of Origin.

Archer is one of the North Melbourne Football Club's greatest players, a dual-premiership and Norm Smith Medallist, he holds the third most games record for North Melbourne, is a member of the North Melbourne Team of the Century and is recognised with the title the "Shinboner of the Century" as the North Melbourne player who most embodies the Shinboner spirit.

Early life

He supported the Collingwood Football Club.[2] He played senior football with the Noble Park Football Club. Then lightly framed but hard at the ball Archer trialled with North Melbourne's under 19s; however, he was not a standout performer. Although the Carlton Football Club had some interest in recruiting him, North Melbourne rookie listed him as a long term prospect.[3] He attended Carwatha College, Noble Park (Melbourne, VIC).

Football career

Archer playing for North Melbourne during the 2007 AFL Season
Archer playing for North Melbourne during the 2007 AFL Season

Debuting in 1992, Archer was an inconsistent and undersized player.

Break out season - 1996

Continuous work on his 182 cm frame resulted in a weight increase to 94 kilograms in 1996, and led to his becoming a more notable on-field presence and a more consistent performer.

In 1996 Archer was offered a lucrative 3-year contract worth $450,000 over three years from the Sydney Swans, which he turned down. The man behind the deal, Ron Joseph, is now "Arch's" manager.

In 1996 he won All-Australian selection, and was named best on ground in the Kangaroos 1996 premiership team, winning the Norm Smith Medal. Although Glenn was part of the losing Grand Final squad to Adelaide in 1998, Archer tasted premiership success once more in 1999. Amongst winning other awards from his club and the AFL, Archer was voted "Shinboner of the Century" by North Melbourne in 2005, Shinboners being a nickname the North Melbourne Football Club.

2007 season and retirement

300 children lined up in a Guard of Honour for Glenn Archer's 300th career game in 2007.
300 children lined up in a Guard of Honour for Glenn Archer's 300th career game in 2007.

2007 was a great year for Glenn Archer, with a resurgence of his beloved North Melbourne Football Club on the field, mainly due to an influx of youth and the maturation of a number of second tier players. Personally, Archer had somewhat of a renaissance of his own performance as a player, with impressive outings on a number of occasions.

During Round 13, against the Western Bulldogs, Archer celebrated his AFL milestone 300th game with another excellent performance. At this game, 300 kids lined up to create a 'Guard of Honour' for the champion in respect for his career so far and 300th game.[4]

The banner at Archer's record breaking game against Carlton ("Glenn Archer / Club Record / 307 Games")
The banner at Archer's record breaking game against Carlton ("Glenn Archer / Club Record / 307 Games")

On Saturday 25 August 2007 in a game against Carlton at Telstra Dome, Archer passed Wayne Schimmelbusch as the Kangaroos' games record-holder, playing his 307th in a career that began during Schimmelbusch's final year as coach in 1992. When asked about the record, Archer commented: "Schimma's a legend of our club and of the AFL, and when I walked into the club 17 years ago and saw Wayne Schimmelbusch's name up on the wall with 306 games, I never thought I'd come anywhere near that. It's certainly a bit surreal for me".[5] Archer's eventual tally of 311 games was surpassed by Brent Harvey in Round 12, 2011.

Archer was inducted into the Australian Football Hall of Fame on 13 June 2012.

Post-AFL career

Archer as a celebrity racer at an event prior to the 2008 Australian Grand Prix.
Archer as a celebrity racer at an event prior to the 2008 Australian Grand Prix.

Archer owns his own business with former AFL player and North Melbourne teammate, Leigh Colbert, called Kode Entertainment Group.

Archer is currently a director of Stride Sports Management.[6]

He and former Kangaroos teammate Anthony Stevens played a match for the Caulfield Grammarians Football Club.[7]

Before season 2008, the Archer-Hird Medal was created honouring Archer and former Essendon Football Club star James Hird. Since 2008, the medal has been awarded to the player showing the most determination, courage and skill in matches between the Kangaroos and the Bombers.[8]

Archer played for the Warrandyte Football Club in the 3rd division of the Victorian Eastern Football League in the 2010 season.

Archer is an Executive Producer on the Australian film Blinder released in 2013. Shot around Torquay, Victoria, the film is about a legendary former local footballer, Tom Dunn of the Torquay Tigers. Once embroiled in a major club scandal, Dunn returns home after ten years away, to clear his name and pull the club back together.

Assault charges

In June 2017, Archer was charged by police with unlawful assault after attacking a 47-year-old runner who reportedly had been abusing him. The incident took place at an oval in Heidelberg, Victoria where Archer was watching his son play in a junior football game. Archer denied having had assaulted the man and said he had left before police had arrived. Police had stated that the victim suffered minor injuries but didn't require any treatment. In a statement by the North Melbourne Football Club the next day, Archer said "I would like to apologise unreservedly for my involvement in what transpired at a junior football match in Heidelberg on Sunday." He was required to appear at Heidelberg Magistrates' Court on 1 September 2017, having been charged by police with assault.[9][10]

At the court case, Archer was convicted and fined $2,000 in addition to paying $955 restitution for his victim's glasses, although the magistrate denied him the opportunity to tell his story.[11]

At the appeal hearing on 18 February 2019, the judge annulled the conviction, replaced the $2,000 fine with a request to donate $2,000 to a children's charity, and placed Archer on a 12-month good-behaviour bond. Restitution remained at $955.[12][13]

Statistics

[14]
Legend
 G  Goals  K  Kicks  D  Disposals  T  Tackles
 B  Behinds  H  Handballs  M  Marks
 #  Played in that year's
premiership team
AFL playing statistics
Season Team No. Games Totals Averages (per game) Votes
G B K H D M T G B K H D M T
1992 North Melbourne 11 9 1 0 60 13 73 20 10 0.1 0.0 6.7 1.4 8.1 2.2 1.1 0
1993 North Melbourne 11 20 11 4 160 81 241 78 36 0.6 0.2 8.0 4.1 12.1 3.9 1.8 1
1994 North Melbourne 11 21 3 5 142 124 266 55 30 0.1 0.2 6.8 5.9 12.7 2.6 1.4 3
1995 North Melbourne 11 22 28 8 174 110 284 62 41 1.3 0.4 7.9 5.0 12.9 2.8 1.9 1
1996# North Melbourne 11 24 24 11 226 107 333 98 42 1.0 0.5 9.4 4.5 13.9 4.1 1.8 5
1997 North Melbourne 11 21 15 12 173 89 262 80 26 0.7 0.6 8.2 4.2 12.5 3.8 1.2 4
1998 North Melbourne 11 22 6 6 217 70 287 93 30 0.3 0.3 9.9 3.2 13.0 4.2 1.4 9
1999# Kangaroos 11 23 14 8 241 78 319 99 34 0.6 0.3 10.5 3.4 13.9 4.3 1.5 0
2000 Kangaroos 11 17 6 2 197 52 249 85 29 0.4 0.1 11.6 3.1 14.6 5.0 1.7 0
2001 Kangaroos 11 20 5 3 192 80 272 71 54 0.3 0.2 9.6 4.0 13.6 3.6 2.7 7
2002 Kangaroos 11 22 8 7 210 70 280 95 54 0.4 0.3 9.5 3.2 12.7 4.3 2.5 5
2003 Kangaroos 11 17 10 5 145 59 204 62 29 0.6 0.3 8.5 3.5 12.0 3.6 1.7 0
2004 Kangaroos 11 14 0 0 107 27 134 46 21 0.0 0.0 7.6 1.9 9.6 3.3 1.5 0
2005 Kangaroos 11 22 7 2 277 77 354 104 61 0.3 0.1 12.6 3.5 16.1 4.7 2.8 2
2006 Kangaroos 11 15 1 1 176 39 215 87 35 0.1 0.1 11.7 2.6 14.3 5.8 2.3 0
2007 Kangaroos 11 22 4 4 238 76 314 102 42 0.2 0.2 10.8 3.5 14.3 4.6 1.9 1
Career 311 143 78 2935 1152 4087 1237 574 0.5 0.3 9.4 3.7 13.1 4.0 1.8 38

Honours and achievements

Team

Individual

References

  1. ^ "Wayne Carey: How the affair began". News.com.au. News Corporation. Retrieved 25 September 2015.
  2. ^ "Best Sports Betting Sites Australia | Top Online Bookmakers 2021". 6 February 2015.
  3. ^ http://www.afc.com.au/news/newsarticle/tabid/208/newsid/79122/default.aspx[permanent dead link]
  4. ^ Niall, Jake (2 July 2007) After all the hype, club and teammates do Archer proud
  5. ^ Schimmelbusch bows to Archer rivalry (22 August 2007)
  6. ^ Stride Sports Management (2008). Team Archived 19 August 2006 at archive.today. Retrieved 15 June 2008.
  7. ^ Sheridan, Nick (1 June 2008). "Retired champions boost amateur ranks". The Age.
  8. ^ Archer-Hird Medal to continue rivalry Archived 24 February 2012 at the Wayback Machine
  9. ^ "Glenn Archer charged with unlawful assault at junior footy match". News.com.au. 26 June 2017. Retrieved 27 June 2017.
  10. ^ Cunningham, Melissa (26 June 2017). "Police charge Glenn Archer with assault following scuffle at junior footy game". The Age. Retrieved 27 June 2017.
  11. ^ Younger, Emma (1 September 2017). "Former AFL star Glenn Archer convicted, fined over assault at junior football match". ABC NEWS. Retrieved 6 June 2022.
  12. ^ Goodman, Rick (18 February 2019). "AFL: Glenn Archer cleared on appeal of assault conviction". Fox Sports. Retrieved 6 June 2022.
  13. ^ Cooper, Adam (18 February 2019). "Ex-footballer Glenn Archer wins appeal over runner assault conviction". The Age. Retrieved 6 June 2022.
  14. ^ Glenn Archer's player profile at AFL Tables