Sergio Silvagni Biography – Sergio Silvagni Wiki
Sergio Silvagni was an Australian rules footballer who represented Carlton in the Victorian Football League (VFL). His son Stephen and grandsons Jack and Ben have also played for Carlton. He played 239 VFL games for the Blues, captained the club and was also a long-serving committee member and selector.
Silvagni was born in Carlton in 1938, to Giacomo and Antonia Silvagni – migrants from Asiago in the Northern Italian province of Vicenza, who set sail for the Great South Land between the wars.
For the first 25 years of his life, Silvagni lived with his sister Milena and their parents in a single fronted dwelling in Canning Street, Carlton – a stone’s throw from Lygon, the epicenter of Melbourne’s Italian community.
A student of St Thomas’s school Clifton Hill and later Parade College East Melbourne, Sergio, as No.1 ruckman, formed part of Parade’s formidable 1st XVIII Premiership team of 1954 – an outfit which included his cousin John, and was captained by Kevin Bergin, the College captain.
The following year, Bergin completed his senior League debut at Carlton . . . and John and Sergio followed suit in 1958.
Silvagni was named for his first senior appearance in the 7th Round of 1958, the match with South Melbourne at the Lakeside Oval. In the largely forgotten No.20 guernsey, he followed the hard-edged Carlton captain Bruce Comben and vice-captain Laurie Kerr down the race.
In ’59 he switched to the famous No.1, which would sit comfortably on his back through the great Carlton conquests of which he was part through the Barassi years.
Sergio’s CV at Carlton reads thus; 239 games for 136 goals from 1958-’71; Premiership player 1968 and ’70 (the latter after coming out of retirement); best and fairest 1962 and ’68; leading goalkicker with 40 in 1958; captain in 1964; coach in 1978; Team of the Century ruck-rover; Hall of Fame Legend.
Sergio Silvagni Age
He was born on 28 June 1938. He died on 15 July 2021 in Melbourne. He was 83.
Sergio Silvagni Wife
Sergio Silvagni married his wife Rita Silvagni in 1963. They have four children.
Sergio Silvagni Children
Sergio Silvagni and his wife Rita, have three daughters Lisa, Danielle and Michelle, as well as son Stephen Silvagni.
Sergio Silvagni Family
He was the son of Giacomo and Antonia Silvagni. He was the cousin of Carlton footballer John Benetti. He is survived by his wife Rita, three daughters Lisa, Danielle and Michelle, as well as son Stephen.
Sergio Silvagni Death
Sergio Silvagni died on 15 July 2021 at the age of 83 in Melbourne surrounded by family. Carlton Football Club paid tribute to Sergio Silvagni in a statement: “The Carlton Football Club wishes to express its deepest condolences and sympathies to the Silvagni family, following the passing of Sergio Silvagni. Silvagni passed away on Thursday morning at the age of 83, surrounded by family, and will forever hold a place in Navy Blue hearts.”
Carlton President Mark LoGiudice expressed the Club’s unending thanks to a man who in many ways embodied the Blues.
“Sergio was and always will be a Legendary Carlton person,” LoGiudice said.
“He was such an important figure to many Carlton supporters growing up during the 1960s, particularly those who had migrated to Australia and could instantly identify with one of their heroes.
“He would go on to become one of our greatest ever players and his impact on the Club will forever hold a significant place in our history books.
“The Carlton Football Club mourns the loss of one of its Legends. On and off the field he embodied what it means to be a Carlton person and we offer our heartfelt condolences to his family.”
Sergio Silvagni Cause of Death
Sergio Silvagni’s cause of death was not immediately revealed. He passed away after dealing with multiple health issues.