John Nicholls: Australian Football

John Nicholls (born 13 August 1939) is regarded one of Australian football’s greatest players. He represented Carlton from 1957 to 1964 in the Victorian Football League. He became the first Carlton footballer to play 300 games and was decaled the club’s greatest player. Nicholls wasn’t entirely tall, standing 189 centimeters, but he played as a ruckman. After retiring, he became a coach for Carlton, Glenelg and Coburg.

Greatest Sporting Achievements

John Nicholls became Carlton’s best and fairest Robert Reynolds Trophy five times. He became one of the twelve inaugural “Legends of the Australian Football Hall of Fame” in 1996. He was also named in the AFL Team of the Century, Carlton Best First Year Player in 1957 and became the Carlton Captain in 1963 and 1968 until 1974. He also received the 1968 Simpson Medal for best player for VIC v WA in Perth, Australia.

Why Was He So Good?

Despite his height, John Nicholls knew how to use his abilities and physique to the best possible effect. He was easily constant in moving skillfully and carefully from the opposing ruckmen with different physical features and qualities. Nicholls had a strange and perhaps an unmatched talent of extorting the utmost benefit from different circumstances on the field, no matter how seemingly disadvantageous.

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