Footy great violently bashed in 'horrific' home invasion

Sam Goodwin
Sports Editor
Grantley Fielke in hospital. Image: Kate Lambe/Twitter

South Australian footy legend Grantley Fielke is recovering after being attacked in an alleged home invasion.

Fielke, who played 40 AFL games with Collingwood and Adelaide, reportedly had to have facial reconstruction surgery and spent four days in hospital after the alleged attack on September 22.

The 57-year-old was reportedly attacked after returning home from a night at the South Gawler Football Club, and now has six metal plates in his face.

According to Nine News, two men have each been charged with assault causing harm.

Grantley Fielke in his time with Collingwood. Image: Collingwood FC/Twitter

Former players chip in for Fielke

Rod Jameson, the chairman of the Adelaide Football Club Past Players and Officials Association chairman told Channel Nine they were helping Fielke with his expenses.

“Once Grant shared the details of the horrific home invasion at his family home and the physical injuries he incurred, we were able to assist,” Jameson said.

“The financial support (is) for any out of pocket expenses his health fund didn’t cover (including) the surgeries he’s required to repair the significant damages.”

Fielke is a legend in South Australia, playing 364 SANFL games and winning a premiership with West Adelaide in 1983.

He won the 1985 Magarey Medal - the SANFL’s best and fairest award.

He played 16 games for Collingwood in 1987 and every game of the Crows’ inaugural season in 1991.