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Know Your Number: Sam Gilbert

Luke Holmesby  October 3, 2013 10:45 AM

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Sam Gilbert is closing in on the games record for no. 19 at St Kilda.

So far I’ve played 140 games in the number and Allan Davis holds the record but it’d be an honour if I could have the record down the track.

Number 19 may not have the roll call of some of the more star studded numbers at St Kilda but it is a number steeped in tradition at the club.

Allan Davis was the youngest member of the 1966 premiership team when he took to the field a few days short of his 18th birthday. He went on to play 173 games for the Saints over 10 years before rounding out his career at Melbourne, Essendon and Collingwood.

But Davis’ heart always lay with the red, white and black as he returned to the club as assistant coach under his 1966 teammate Darrel Baldock. Davis even coached the Saints for a few games late in 1987 after Baldock suffered a stroke.

Years later, Davis’ son Chad arrived at the Saints as one of the few father-son acquisitions the club has ever had.

Chad Davis began his career in the no. 27 but moved to 19 for the final three years of his time at the Saints.

Ruckman Reg Garvin wore the number throughout his 130-game career from 1937-46, during which time he captain-coached the club and won two best and fairests.

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Another famous occupant of the number was Eric Guy, who was widely recognised as one of the toughest players in the VFL in the late 50s and early 60s. Guy was vice-captain of St Kilda for three years and represented Victoria on three occasions.

Former player manager Ricky Nixon wore the number throughout his five-year-career at the Saints while Sam Gilbert has been the custodian of the number since he was drafted in 2005.

 

Sam Gilbert

“I was just given it when I was drafted. Luke Penny had just left the club and it was open. I remember I liked no. 6 but Leigh Fisher got a hold of it.

I’ve met Steve Sziller once and he seems like a good bloke. I had the chance to change numbers at one stage. I got offered a single digit number that became free but I played my first game in 19, I got drafted as a 19-year-old and my birthday is on the 19th. It was a good fit for me so I wanted to keep it. Every now and then I see a kid wearing a Saints jumper with the number - maybe they’re old Luke Penny jumpers. But I always go and give them a high five. I’ve got to keep them on board.

If I ever get a lotto ticket I make sure I’ve got 19 in there. Last time I played roulette I hit 19 so it’s been good to me.

So far I’ve played 140 games in the number and Allan Davis holds the record but it’d be an honour if I could have the record down the track.”

 

STKILDA 19

YEAR

NAME

1912

Hart, A

1913

Eicke, W

1914

Chapman, B

1915

Moyes, H

1918

Gordon, E

1919

Ryan, P

1920

Hansen, J.T

1921

Woodcock, W

1922

-

1923

Bannister, H

1924

Scully, F

1925

Scully, F

1926

Scully, F

1927

Scully, F

1928

Ludlow, A

1929

Ludlow, A

1930

Ludlow, A

1931

Holden, J

1932

-

1933

Holden, J

1934

Bourne, D

1935

Bourne, D

1936

Hughson, L

1937

Garvin, R

1938

Garvin, R

1939

Garvin, R

1940

Garvin, R

1941

Garvin, R

1942

Garvin, R

1943

Garvin, R

1944

Garvin, R

1945

Garvin, R

1946

Garvin, R

1947

Howe, J

1948

-

1949

Doolan, D

1950

Sutherland, L

1951

Sutherland, L

1952

Bland, D

1953

Bland, D

1954

Bland, D

1955

Bland, D

1956

Stephenson, M

1957

Guy, E

1958

Guy, E

1959

Guy, E

1960

Guy, E

1961

Guy, E

1962

Guy, E

1963

McHugh, R

1964

McHugh, R

1965

McHugh, R

1966

Davis, A

1967

Davis, A

1968

Davis, A

1969

Davis, A

1970

Davis, A

1971

Davis, A

1972

Davis, A

1973

Davis, A

1974

Davis, A

1975

Davis, A

1976

Stevens, P

1977

Stevens, P

1978

Stevens, P

1979

Stevens, P

1980

Scott, M

1980

Gorozidis, C

1981

Scott, M

1982

Scott, M

1983

Scott, M

1984

Brown, G

1985

Brown, G

1986

Brown, G

1987

Nixon, R

1988

Nixon, R

1989

Nixon, R

1990

Nixon, R

1991

Nixon, R

1992

Clark, S

1993

Atkinson, B

1994

Burns, A

1995

Sziller, S

1996

Sziller, S

1997

Sziller, S

1998

Sziller, S

1999

Sziller, S

2000

Sziller, S

2001

Davis, C

2002

Davis, C

2003

Davis, C

2004

Penny, L

2005

Penny, L

2006

Gilbert, S

2007

Gilbert, S

2008

Gilbert, S

2009

Gilbert, S

2010

Gilbert, S

2011

Gilbert, S

2012

Gilbert, S

2013

Gilbert, S