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Jim Stynes: by the numbers

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melbournefc.com.au editor Matt Burgan looks at some of the remarkable numbers throughout Jim Stynes’ career

2 - The number of matches he plays with his younger brother Brian at Melbourne. They were in rounds 10 and 11, 1992.

4 - The number of Keith ‘Bluey’ Truscott Memorial Trophies won by Stynes. He wins Melbourne’s best and fairest in 1991 and 1995-96-97.

5 - The number of disposals Stynes has in his first VFL/AFL match against Geelong, round three, 1987 at Kardinia Park (now Simonds Stadium)

8 - Times he plays International Rules matches (five for Australia and three for Ireland)

9 - Times Stynes kicks three goals or more in a VFL/AFL match. His best effort was two bags of four goals - against Brisbane Bears, round six, 1987 and against Carlton, round 17, 1989.

10 - The amount of State-of-Origin matches he plays for Victoria from 1988-95

11 - The number Stynes plays in for most of his career. He wears it from 1988

12 - The matches played with Prahran in the VFA

13 - Disposals marked the first time he claimed double figure possessions in a match. It was Stynes’ third match, round 10 against Essendon, 1997

15 - Brownlow Medal votes in 1995 was Stynes’ second best year in that award, behind his winning year in 1991

16 - Times Stynes claimed 30 or more disposals in his career

19 - The number of finals he plays with Melbourne. Only Frank ‘Bluey’ Adams (22) and Ron Barassi (21) have played more for the club.

20 - Years old is the age at which he plays his first VFL/AFL match

22 - The number of matches Stynes played against the West Coast Eagles. This was the most he played against an opposition club.

23 - Kicks was the most Stynes had in a match, against North Melbourne in round 20, 1991

25 - The number of votes Stynes receives to win the 1991 Brownlow Medal

26 - The most matches Stynes played in a season, and the most goals he kicked in a season. This was in 1988, when Melbourne made the grand final.

32 - The age at which Stynes retires from the AFL

34 - Possessions represented Stynes’ second best effort in a match. He achieved this three times.

35 - Disposals against St Kilda in round 18, 1991 was his best in a match

37 - Was the first guernsey number he wore in a VFL/AFL match

53 - The number Stynes wears in 1986 when playing for Melbourne reserves

97 - Behinds were kicked by Stynes in his career

105 - Brownlow Medal votes were amassed by Stynes in his career

128 - Stynes plays in 128 losses for Melbourne

130 - The number of goals he kicks for Melbourne

135 - The amount of wins Stynes plays in for Melbourne

143 - The number of matches Stynes played at the MCG

150 - Stynes becomes a member of Melbourne’s 150 Heroes in 2008

189 - Tackles were laid by Stynes in his career

199 - Centimetres tall is Stynes’ height. His playing weight was 99 kgs.

203 - The number of matches Stynes plays in a row to break Jack Titus’ consecutive games record

244 - The consecutive matches played by Stynes from round 18, 1987 to round four, 1998

264 - The number of matches Stynes plays in his career

349 - The most hit outs he had in one season, 1996

497 - Frees against were given away by Stynes

559 - Free kicks for were claimed by Stynes

614 - The amount of career-best disposals Stynes won in 1991. He averages 25.58 per match.

1093 - Stynes’ cap number for Melbourne Football Club

1516 - The number of marks Stynes took in his career

1743 - The amount of handballs he had in 264 matches

1966 - The year Stynes was born

1984 - The year Stynes moves to Australia to embark on his incredible journey

1987 - The season he makes his VFL/AFL debut, round three against Geelong at Kardinia Park

1991 - The season Stynes wins the Brownlow Medal. He becomes and remains the only player born overseas to win the highest individual honour in the game.

2003 - The year he is inducted into the Australian Football Hall of Fame

3110 - Hit outs are won by Stynes in his career

3242 - Kicks are achieved during his VFL/AFL career

4985 - Disposals are accumulated throughout his 264 matches

9807 - Stynes becomes the 9807th player to play a VFL/AFL match