|Full name John Gastev|
Name John Gastev
Height/Weight 177 cm / 76 kg
|Date of birth (1964-08-11) 11 August 1964 (age 51)|
Draft 2nd overall, 1989 Pre-season Draft
1987–1988 1989–1994 Total West Coast Brisbane Bears
Original team West Perth Football Club
John Gastev (born 11 August 1964) is a former Australian rules footballer who played in the VFL/AFL.
A cult figure and "crowd favourite" standing at only 177 centimetres (5 ft 10 in) and weighing just 73 kilograms (161 lb), Gastev began with West Perth in 1983. However, Gastev's career did not take off until 1985 when he gave up a career as an engraver to concentrate upon football full-time and became a mainstay for the Falcons before debuting with the West Coast Eagles in their inaugural season. After only two seasons and 30 games, Gastev was dumped and joined the Brisbane Bears for 1989. Gastev's main roles were as a tagger, though he occasionally played as a forward in his early years. In an upset with over the Sydney Swans early in 1989, Gastev kicked seven goals after half-time, a feat made more remarkable by the fact that he kicked no other goal in the first thirteen rounds of 1989. In this first year at the Bears he won the best and fairest, repeating the feat in 1992.
After 1990, Gastev played chiefly in defence, and his career was ended when he suffered a major hit at the hands of Gary Ablett in a match in 1994 at Kardinia Park. Gastev announced his retirement during the off-season, despite being only thirty years old.
His other honours include playing for Western Australia in state of origin.