One of the most famous members of Fitzroy's illustrious early VFL teams, Fred Fontaine was a key contributor to the premiership wins of 1898, 1899, 1904 and 1905. He also played in the losing grand finals of 1903 and 1906. A VFL interstate representative in 1902, Fontaine was extremely quick, adept overhead, and a booming kick. He was also immensely versatile, performing with distinction on every line as well as on the ball. The highlight of his career probably came with his fine performance at full back in the 1904 grand final win over Carlton. Towards the end of the game, he was responsible for making a surging run through the centre of the ground before passing to Percy Trotter, who kicked what proved to be the decisive goal of the match.
Author - John Devaney