DOB: 18 April 1950
From: St Bede's/Oakleigh YCW
Number: 35 (1970-1973)
Morrish Medal - 1968
Under 19s Best and Fairest - 1968
Under 19s Leading Goalkicker - 1967, 1968, 1969
Reserves Best and Fairest - 1970
Gardiner Medal - 1970
Reserves Premiership Player - 1970
Leading Goalkicker - 1971
Night Premiership winner - 1971
Games: 76 (182 total)
Goals: 102 (200 total)
A rover who was one of the smallest players in the league, Callery had been led the Under 19's goalkicking three times and won the best and fairest once before his senior career began.
Recruited by his old underage coach Frank Davis, Callery joined the club in 1968 and he made his way through the Under 19's and the Reserves before making his senior debut during 1970. Despite playing 10 matches in the seniors he was named the joint winner of the Reserves best and fairest, and finished tied for the league's Gardiner Medal for best player in the grade. He initially lost the Gardiner Medal on a countback, before being retrospectively awarded a share of the medal in 1992. At the end of 1970 he played in a Reserves premiership team.
Callery played 105 games for the Saints, but switched to South Melbourne midway through 1980 after falling out with Saints coach Alex Jesaulenko after two games. He had already had a near-miss with the Saints in 1978, left off their initial list due to a pay dispute. His stay with the Swans was limited to one game as he retired at the end of the season.
Said to have been knocked out cold nine times during his career, Callery suffered the misfortune of being at the three clubs that had the leanest periods during the 1970s and early 80s and never played a final.
After his VFL career ended Callery played for VFA side Dandenong in 1981 and captain-coached Oakleigh from 1982 to 1984. He was also a fitness advisor at Richmond in 1988, a skills coach at Collingwood, a runner at St Kilda and a stats man on radio.