John Longmire

John Longmire

Infobox afl player

firstname = John
lastname = Longmire

| nickname = Horse
birthdate = birth date|1970|12|31|df=y
birthplace =
originalteam = Corowa-Rutherglen
heightweight = 194cm / 101kg
dead = alive
deathdate =
deathplace =
debutdate = 1988
debutteam = North Melbourne
debutopponent = Carlton
debutstadium = Melbourne Cricket Ground
playingteams = North Melbourne (1988-1999)

200 games, 511 goals
coach = notcoach
coachingteams =
statsend = 1998
careerhighlights =

*Syd Barker Medal 1990
*North Melbourne Premiership Team 1999
*North Melbourne Leading Goalkicker 1990, 1991, 1992, 1993, 1994
*Ansett Cup 1995, 1998
*Coleman Medal 1990

John Longmire (born 31 December 1970) played Australian rules football for the North Melbourne Football Club in the Australian Football League from 1988 to 1999.

Early years

Longmire began his playing career at the Corowa-Rutherglen club in New South Wales, where he won the Ovens & Murray Football League's leading goalkicker title. His ability and size quickly attracted the interest of the North Melbourne VFL club's talent scouts.

AFL career

John Longmire was built for playing full-forward. His powerful physique and size earned him the nickname "Horse". At North Melbourne, he formed a powerful goalkicking partnership with centre half forward Wayne Carey. In six seasons between 1990 to 1995 Carey and Longmire collectively kicked 768 goals (of which Longmire contributed 464) and 13 times they combined for 10 goals or more in a game. Individually, Longmire kicked 5-plus goals in a game 36 times, 7-plus goals 18 times and 10-plus twice, before a serious knee injury force him out of the game for the 1996 season. When he returned the following year, he played out the rest of his career in defense and in the ruck.

Longmire is best known for his performances during the 1990 season. A year in which, at only 19 years of age, he kicked 98 goals and won the Coleman Medal as the league's leading goal kicker. In round 2 of that year he kicked a North Melbourne record, 12 goals against Brisbane, which he broke twelve weeks later when he kicked 14 goals in round 14 against Melbourne. Going into the final round Longmire looked certain to reach the 100 goal milestone for the season, however terribly inaccurate kicking resulted in a tally of 2 goals and 8 behinds, leaving him just 2 goals short of the milestone. Longmire went on the win North Melbourne's best and fairest that year and led the club's goal kicking list each year from 1990 to 1994.

Longmire's last career game was the 1999 Grand Final, in which the Kangaroos defeated Carlton. This was a sweet day for Longmire after injury forced him to miss North's 1996 Premiership win.

Career Statistics

Post football

He has since returned to Sydney to take up an assistant coaching position with the Sydney Swans. It is anticipated that Longmire will eventually replace Sydney Head Coach Paul Roos when Roos eventually decides to vacate the position.

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