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12. Wally Buttsworth

Wallace Buttsworth is one of Essendon's greatest players - he came from West Perth where he played from 1935 to 1937. He stood out of football in 1938 so that he could play with Essendon.

Buttsworth dominated the centre half back position during his long and distinguished career. He was a rugged, hard-hitting defender - a sound mark and a beautiful drop kick. Once he got going, he was unstoppable. He won Essendon's best and fairest award in 1945 and 1947 and was runner-up in 1940 and 1942. He was the Bombers vice captain in 1949.

In the semi final in 1940, Buttsworth dominated the back line with broken ribs and was the star at centre half back in the 1942 and 1946 premiership victory. He took an incredible 25 marks in the losing 1947 grand final and missed the 1948 grand final replay through injury. Buttsworth played in 19 finals games and was the Dons top Brownlow Medal vote scorer in 1941 with 12 votes, and second in 1940. He was also third runner-up in 1939 and 1946.

Buttsworth was selected in the State side in 1941 and was also named in the 'Sporting Life' All-Australian team in 1947. He won the best first year player award in 1939 and the most serviceable player award in 1943.

CAREER STATISTICS

Played 1939-49
Games 188
Goals 2
Premiership player 1942,1946
Grand Final appearances 1941-1943,1946-1948
Finals games played - 19
EFC Best & Fairest 1941,1945,1947
Top 5 EFC best & fairest finishes 1940-1942,1945,1947
EFC Vice Captain 1949
Victorian Rep 1941
Career Brownlow votes