Celebrating the history of the great Australian game


Key Facts

Full name
John Goold

Known as
John Goold

27 June 1941

Age at first & last AFL game
First game: 21y 339d
Last game: 29y 91d

Height and weight
Height: 187 cm
Weight: 80 kg

Senior clubs

Jumper numbers
Carlton: 11

John Goold

ClubLeagueCareer spanGamesGoalsAvgWin %AKIAHBAMKBV

AFL: 7,490th player to appear, 1,870th most games played, 6,781st most goals kickedCarlton: 754th player to appear, 145th most games played, 615th most goals kicked


Probably as well known for his dapper demeanour off the field as for his undoubted talents on it, John Goold was a distinctive and popular figure at Carlton for the better part of a decade. Recruited from Healesville, he made his VFL debut in 1963, but struggled at first to find his feet. In 1965 he began to perform with consistent brilliance and was selected to represent the VFL. Quick, tenacious and tireless, he played most of his career across half back, but could turn his hand to any defensive position. He was a superb high mark, who played many of his best games in finals, or when representing the 'Big V', which he did at the 1966 Hobart carnival (earning All Australian selection, and finishing 2nd in the voting for the Tassie Medal) and in 1968 in addition to 1965. He was at centre half back in the 1968 grand final as the Blues beat Essendon, and on a half back flank two years later when Collingwood was vanquished. The 1970 grand final (reviewed here) proved to be the last of his 108 VFL games as he opted to retire in order to concentrate on his fashion business.

Author - John Devaney