Happy 80th birthday to Peter Falconer.
Career: 1962 – 1963
Debut: Round 1, 1962 v Geelong, aged 24 years, 144 days
Carlton Player No. 744
Last game: Round 10, 1963 v Melbourne, aged 25 year, 213 days
Guernsey No. 36
DOB: 28 November, 1937
Recruited by the Blues from Geelong, where he played 20 games in two seasons including his debut against his old team, Falconer was one of the smallest players ever to pull on a Carlton guernsey.
A nippy, diminutive rover who was a deadly snapshot at goal, he polled 11 Brownlow Medal votes in his first 14 games, and played in Carlton’s 1962 Grand Final loss to Essendon. But his form tapered in his second year, and he managed just ten more appearances before he was delisted.
Falconer was recruited by Geelong from Geelong Amateurs, he also had a stint with Seaford.
The Canberra Times September 21 1962, said of Peter Falconer that he is “the lightest man in the League.” (60kg – 9st 4lb)