Nathan Buckley’s Early Memories of Playing Football

In this mini re-release episode of The Howie Games, six time All Australian and Brownlow medallist Nathan Buckley opens up his early memories of playing footy. Before he was a captain or a coach, but back when he was growing his love for the game…


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In this mini re-release episode of The Howie Games, Howie hosts Brownlow medallist, Nathan Buckley, who offers a deep dive into the life and experiences of the former Australian rules football player and coach. This episode unravels the layers of Buckley’s journey, touching on early memories, family dynamics, and the emotional hurdles he faced throughout his career.

Bucks shares early memories of playing football, a passion that ignited at a young age. Influenced by his father’s active involvement in the sport, Buckley’s journey in the world of football is grounded in a deep-seated love for the game.

Buckley also opens up about his father’s service in Vietnam, and goes onto explore their trip back to Vietnam, providing a platform for candid conversations about his father’s experiences in the war and the profound impact it had on both their lives.

This episode delves into the importance of emotional maturity in Buckley’s upbringing and personal development. Reflecting on his own journey, Buckley emphasizes the role emotional resilience played in navigating the highs and lows of his football career.

Buckley also reveals a story about the knee accident that nearly ended it all. This incident becomes a testament to his resilience, highlighting the mental fortitude required to overcome adversities in the competitive world of sports.

This is a mini version of a longer, 2 part chat Howie had with Nathan Buckley back in 2019. In these episodes, you will hear Bucks talk about his tennis career, his perception of toughness and some of the lessons he’s learnt on his journey, you can listen to part A HERE and part B HERE.


Thanks for listening to Footy Talk this year! We’ll back in 2024, but stay tuned to hear more Howie Games mini episodes drop across the next month!