Karl Langdon
Personal information
Full name Karl John Langdon
Nickname(s) Boris
Date of birth (1968-03-28) 28 March 1968 (age 53)
Original team(s) Subiaco
Height 191 cm (6 ft 3 in)
Weight 90 kg (198 lb)
Playing career1
Years Club Games (Goals)
1988–1995 West Coast Eagles 100 (107)
1 Playing statistics correct to the end of 1995.
Career highlights
Sources: AFL Tables, AustralianFootball.com

Karl John Langdon (born 28 March 1968) is a leading sports commentator and radio personality in Western Australia and a former Australian rules footballer with the Subiaco Football Club and the West Coast Eagles.

Early life

Langdon began his sport career at Guildford Grammar School, a private boys' school in Perth, Western Australia. During his schooling years he was an outstanding sportsman, captaining the school's football, cricket and athletics teams, the first student in its history to do so.[1] In 1985 he won the Guildford Sportsman of the Year award. Langdon was a very talented cricketer, he was selected in the U16 Australian team, he also represented Western Australia at U16 and U19 level and attended the WA institute of Sport. Whilst working as a bank teller, his bank was the subject of an armed robbery by Brenden James Abbott (the postcard bandit).

Australian rules football career

In 1985, Langdon began his football career, joining the WAFL's Subiaco Football Club. He played in Subiaco's 1986 premiership side in only his fourth league game after starting the season in the colts. At the end of the 1987 season after playing in a losing grand final against Claremont in the WAFL, he was drafted by the West Coast Eagles in the AFL and debuted in 1988. Nicknamed Boris, he was a flamboyant half-forward who was naturally red-headed, but bleached his hair during his playing days, Langdon played 100 games with the West Coast Eagles and played in their first ever premiership side in 1992. A knee injury the following year sidelined him for the entire 1993 season. He also made several appearances at the AFL Tribunal due to his aggressive style of play.[2]

Langdon represented Western Australia in State of Origin as a centre half-forward, he represented WA for the first time in the bicentennial carnival in Adelaide in 1988 and retired from the AFL after 100 games and 108 goals with the Eagles.

Media career

In 1996 Langdon retired from football and became a football and cricket commentator. He currently hosts Perth radio station 6PR's sports program Sportsday with Mark Readings. He also has a fishing show on radio 6pr 5-6am every Saturday. He is columnist for the Sunday Times and calls Speedway at the Perth Motorplex.


  1. ^ "Karl Langdon - Saxton Speakers Bureau". Archived from the original on 30 November 2010.
  2. ^ Holmesby, R. and Main, J. (2005). The Encyclopedia of AFL Footballers. ISBN 1-86350-243-2