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Wilkey, Archibald Cyril

Preferred Name: Arch
Born: 27 October 1945
Deceased: 29 September 2007
Competition Total Games Total Goals
League 78 43
Other 1 0
Total 79 43

Arch played 73 games for North Adelaide between 1966 and 1974 and was a member of the 1971 premiership side.  He was a mercurial footballer who epitomised the North Adelaide style of the late 1960s.  North were renowned as a high marking, long kicking side full of brilliant players and Arch fitted the mould perfectly.  It is contended that Arch was the first player to make the number 23 as famous as it is today – being followed by the likes of Michael Jordan, Shane Warne and Andrew McLeod.  No doubt both were inspired by Arch’s brilliance as an athlete and chose to wear “his” number.

In his early career he played mainly at half forward but when Mike Patterson came to the club Arch played more as a defender.  Injury curtailed his career.  He missed the complete 1972 season with a knee injury, and after playing in the 1973 preliminary final missed the Grand Final with injury.  He retired in 1974 and moved to Darwin to live.  As much as Arch was remembered as a brilliant player, he was also known as a character.  Soon after he moved to Darwin, Cyclone Tracey hit.  When asked what it was like, Arch replied that it was almost as scary as playing Port at Alberton.

If there had been such a thing as an Adelaide A-list in the late 1960s, Arch would certainly have been on it.  He was well known in Adelaide social circles as the Manager of the Swinger Disco which was held at the Hotel Australia which was a famous landmark overlooking Adelaide from Brougham Place.

Arch, who was selected in South Australian state squads in the late 1960s, returned to Adelaide to live in 2001.  During his time at North Adelaide he was one of the most popular and well-liked players and all of his team-mates and many friends at North Adelaide were deeply saddened by his passing at 61 years of age in 2007.

Games (Select a game to view)

Date Opponent Result Goals
03/09/1966 West Torrens Lost 0
15/04/1967 Sturt Won 0
22/04/1967 South Adelaide Won 1
29/04/1967 Woodville Won 0
06/05/1967 Port Adelaide Lost 0
13/05/1967 West Adelaide Won 2
20/05/1967 Norwood Won 1
27/05/1967 Central District Won 1
03/06/1967 Glenelg Won 0
12/06/1967 South Adelaide Won 1
17/06/1967 West Torrens Won 0
08/07/1967 West Adelaide Won 0
15/07/1967 Port Adelaide Won 3
22/07/1967 South Adelaide Lost 1
29/07/1967 Norwood Won 3
05/08/1967 Woodville Won 0
12/08/1967 Glenelg Lost 0
02/09/1967 Sturt Won 1
16/09/1967 Sturt Lost 0
23/09/1967 Port Adelaide Lost 0
13/04/1968 Sturt Lost 0
20/04/1968 Port Adelaide Lost 0
27/04/1968 Glenelg Lost 2
04/05/1968 Woodville Won 0
25/05/1968 Central District Won 1
24/05/1969 South Adelaide Won 4
31/05/1969 West Torrens Won 1
21/06/1969 West Adelaide Lost 1
28/06/1969 Sturt Won 0
05/07/1969 Port Adelaide Won 1
12/07/1969 South Adelaide Won 0
19/07/1969 Norwood Won 3
26/07/1969 Central District Won 2
02/08/1969 West Adelaide Won 1
09/08/1969 Glenelg Lost 0
16/08/1969 Woodville Won 0
23/08/1969 West Torrens Lost 0
30/08/1969 Sturt Lost 0
04/04/1970 West Torrens Won 5
11/04/1970 South Adelaide Won 2
18/04/1970 Port Adelaide Lost 0
02/05/1970 Norwood Won 0
09/05/1970 Central District Won 0
16/05/1970 Woodville Lost 2
23/05/1970 West Adelaide Lost 0
06/06/1970 Glenelg Won 0
15/06/1970 South Adelaide Won 0
27/06/1970 Port Adelaide Lost 0
04/07/1970 West Torrens Won 0
11/07/1970 Norwood Won 0
18/07/1970 Central District Lost 0
25/07/1970 Woodville Won 0
01/08/1970 West Adelaide Won 0
08/08/1970 Sturt Lost 0
15/08/1970 Glenelg Won 0
05/09/1970 Glenelg Lost 0
03/04/1971 Central District Won 0
10/04/1971 Woodville Won 0
17/04/1971 Norwood Lost 0
24/04/1971 West Torrens Won 0
01/05/1971 West Adelaide Won 0
08/05/1971 Port Adelaide Won 0
17/05/1971 Glenelg Won 0
05/06/1971 Central District Won 0
12/06/1971 Woodville Lost 1
11/09/1971 Port Adelaide Won 0
25/09/1971 Port Adelaide Won 0
02/10/1971 Hawthorn Lost 0
07/04/1973 West Torrens Won 0
14/04/1973 Norwood Won 2
21/04/1973 Woodville Won 0
07/07/1973 Port Adelaide Lost 0
14/07/1973 West Adelaide Won 1
21/07/1973 Glenelg Lost 0
28/07/1973 Sturt Lost 0
04/08/1973 South Adelaide Won 0
08/09/1973 Sturt Lost 0
15/09/1973 Norwood Won 0
22/09/1973 Sturt Won 0

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