Debut and only game: Round 18, 1958 vs South Melbourne, aged 21 years, 101 days
Carlton Player No. 723
Guernsey No. 9 (1958).
DOB: 14 May, 1937
DOD: 14 October, 2014
John Stephenson shared the same name and playing record as a John Stephenson some 50 years beforehand. Unluckily for both gentleman, they each only played the solitary game in Navy Blue. This John Stephenson wore jumper number 33 in the reserves and wore jumper 9 his only senior game, played in 1958. He was recruited from Benalla.
One can only wonder whether this Stephenson was aware of his historical namesake and tried, without luck, to exceed the earlier mark.
Stephenson wore Guernsey No. 21 during the 1957 season.
One thing is for sure, Stephenson had a better chance than others of knowing a little bit of Carlton history; after all, he was the son of a former Blue in Jack Stephenson who played 22 games in the 1920's.
John Stephenson died when his light plane crashed at Chelsea on Tuesday October 14, 2014 and was aged 77 years old.