Australian Football Celebrating the history of the great Australian game


Key Facts

Full name
Alfred George

Known as
Alf George

7 September 1884

28 April 1946 (aged 61)

Age at first & last AFL game
First game: 21y 254d
Last game: 30y 355d

Height and weight
Height: 183 cm
Weight: 87 kg

Senior clubs
Essendon; Melbourne

Jumper numbers
Melbourne: 3, 14, 29

Recruited from
Essendon (1911)

Alf George

ClubLeagueCareer spanGamesGoalsAvgWin %AKIAHBAMKBV
MelbourneV/AFL1911-1913, 191555120.2238%0
V/AFL1906-1909, 1911-1913, 191588120.1443%0
Total1906-1909, 1911-1913, 191588120.1443%0

AFL: 1,147th player to appear, 2,682nd most games played, 4,543rd most goals kickedEssendon: 139th player to appear, 435th most games played, 908th most goals kickedMelbourne: 246th player to appear, 298th most games played, 388th most goals kicked

Originally from Numurkah, Alf George played briefly with Essendon Association before transferring to Essendon in the VFL in 1906. A hefty ruckman who boasted a surprising turn of speed, he was also strong overhead and difficult to tackle because of his quite formidable strength.

He spent four seasons with the Same Old, playing 33 games without kicking a goal. He does not appear to have played in 1910, but in 1911 he resumed his VFL career with Melbourne. He was a sterling force with the Fuchsias whom he captain-coached in 1912 and for part of the following year. In 1914 he undertook a ‘sabbatical’ by crossing to VFA side North Melbourne as non-playing coach and overseeing a premiership triumph. He returned to Melbourne in 1915 and had played a total of 55 games and booted 12 goals for the club by the end of that season.

In 1917 and 1918 George served abroad in the AIF Railways Unit and upon returning to Australia in 1919 he rounded off his football career by playing briefly for Prahran in the VFA. 

Author - John Devaney

Sources; Those Magnificent Men by Michael Maplestone


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