|Full name||Bernie Quinlan|
|Date of birth||21 July 1951|
|Height||193 cm (6 ft 4 in)|
|Weight||97 kg (214 lb)|
|Position(s)||Centre Half Forward/Centre Half Back/Ruck-Rover|
|Representative team honours|
1 Playing statistics correct to the end of 1986.
3 Coaching statistics correct as of 1995.
|Sources: AFL Tables, AustralianFootball.com|
Renowned for his prodigious long kicking, which earned him the nickname "Superboot", Quinlan played his best football late in his career, earning most of his individual accolades after he had turned 30.
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Quinlan was recruited from Traralgon, which was in Footscray's zone, and arrived at Footscray halfway through the 1969 VFL season. Teammate Barry Round also made his debut in the same year, and coincidentally they would tie for the Brownlow Medal 12 years later in 1981, both by that time playing at different clubs.
Quinlan played 177 games for the club, playing mostly at centre half-forward (also occasionally playing as a centre half-back). The 1970s were a tough time financially for the Bulldogs, and many quality players were cleared to other clubs. Quinlan was cleared to Fitzroy in 1978 for 70,000 dollars. In December 1979, the Lions and the football public were shocked when it was announced by club president Frank Bibby that Quinlan had told the committee he wanted to devote more time to his farm. With a year remaining on his contract, Fitzroy were desperate to retain his services and made Quinlan a substantial financial offer to stay. Quinlan relented and returned for the 1980 VFL season.
Fitzroy had an ordinary season in 1980. He played 189 games for the Lions, marking himself as one of their all-time greats (and the first player to have played 150 games or more for two clubs), before retiring in 1986. He won the Brownlow Medal in 1981, tying with his former Bulldog teammate Barry Round (who had left the Bulldogs too by this stage). He also twice kicked more than 100 goals in a season: 1983 and 1984. Quinlan led a formidable forward line in the mid-1980s with the likes of Michael Conlan, Garry Wilson, David McMahon and Gary Sidebottom. Together with Paul Roos and Gary Pert in the back line, they propelled Fitzroy to their most successful years in the post-war era.
He was a prodigious kicker of the football which earned him the nickname "Superboot."(YouTube video) He regularly featured in the World of Sport kicking competitions (a sports program which was popular in Melbourne for three decades).
Quinlan holds the record for having played the largest number of VFL/AFL matches of anyone who never appeared in a grand final.
|Led the league after season and finals|
|Season||Team||No.||Games||Totals||Averages (per game)|
Quinlan first joined the ABC football commentary team when they had the broadcasting rights in 1987, and then switched to the Seven Network when they regained the rights in 1988. He commentated with Seven up until the mid-1990s.
The Brisbane Lions mascot Bernie "Gabba" Vegas is partially named as a tribute to Quinlan.