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No.11 one of Melbourne's best numbers

Matt Burgan  May 16, 2018 12:19 PM


The No.11 jumper is one of the Demons' most iconic numbers, with the late club great Jim Stynes and current star Max Gawn both donning the famous number during their careers.

However, it's easy to forget both players wore the No.37 at the very start of their careers before they became household names.

The most infamous moment of Stynes' career occurred in the No.37 guernsey when he gave away a 15m penalty to Gary Buckenara in the 1987 preliminary final that gifted the Hawthorn spearhead the matchwinning shot at goal and a berth in the Grand Final.

This moment proved unlucky for the Demons, but it has been noted that the disappointment the Irishman felt drove him towards what became a legendary career.

Gawn inherited the No.37 jumper from Stynes, who presented him with his jumper after being drafted, and switched to the No.11 at the end of the 2014 season in honour of his mentor.

The pair would have to be regarded as two of Melbourne's greatest ever ruckmen. - Ben Guthrie