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Key Facts

Full name
Algernon Edward Millhouse

Known as
Algy Millhouse

13 May 1887

Place of birth
Mount Gambier, SA (5290)

1 October 1948 (aged 61)

Place of death
Richmond, VIC (3121)

Managing Director

Age at first & last AFL game
First game: 25y 348d
Last game: 26y 137d

Height and weight
Height: 173 cm
Weight: 80 kg

Senior clubs
Norwood; Melbourne; St. Kilda

Jumper numbers
Melbourne: 12
St. Kilda: 12

Recruited from
Norwood (1913); Melbourne (1913); St. Kilda (1914)

State of origin

Algy Millhouse

ClubLeagueCareer spanGamesGoalsAvgWin %AKIAHBAMKBV
NorwoodSAFL1911-1912, 191427140.52
St. KildaV/AFL19131050.5080%0
SAFL1911-1912, 191427140.52

AFL: 1,969th player to appear, 6,433rd most games played, 5,065th most goals kickedMelbourne: 275th player to appear, 776th most games played, 603rd most goals kickedSt. Kilda: 419th player to appear, 828th most games played, 582nd most goals kicked

Algy Millhouse was a champion all round footballer who could play in any position on the field, and could even operate as both a ruckman and rover. Having played initially for Port Pirie Rovers he joined West Broken Hill in 1908, where his performances were so outstanding that he was chosen to represent New South Wales at the inaugural Australasian championships in Melbourne that year.

In 1911 Millhouse underwent an employment transfer to Adelaide, and he joined Norwood. He played so well during his second season that there were claims from some that he was the finest footballer in Australia. On the strength of this burgeoning reputation he crossed to Melbourne in the VFL in 1913 but his form was mediocre. Midway through the season, having played 10 games and scored four goals for the Reds, he transferred to St Kilda where he suddenly found his feet. Playing mainly as a rover, he was a key factor in the Saints enjoying their best season in the VFL up to that point, culminating in a challenge final appearance against Fitzroy, albeit that this was lost.

The 1914 season found him back at the Parade where he took on the role of Redlegs captain-coach. He quit the game at season’s end and joined the First AIF. His two stints with Norwood saw him play 27 SAFL games and kick 14 goals. It seems he had no further involvement in football after returning from the war in 1919.

Author - John Devaney


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