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Key Facts

Full name
Herbert Howson

Known as
Bert Howson

11 August 1872

8 May 1948 (aged 75)

Age at first & last AFL game
First game: 24y 270d
Last game: 35y 349d

Senior clubs
South Melbourne

Bert Howson

ClubLeagueCareer spanGamesGoalsAvgWin %AKIAHBAMKBV
South MelbourneV/AFL1897-190815220.0142%0

AFL: 60th player to appear, 1,268th most games played, 7,536th most goals kickedSouth Melbourne: 9th player to appear, 71st most games played, 764th most goals kicked

Usually referred to as 'Bert', Howson was a champion wingman for South Melbourne over 17 seasons which comprised the club's last six in the VFA, and its first 11 in the VFL. He was supremely unfortunate in that he began his senior career the year after South's last VFA flag, and ended it the season before the club's first premiership in the VFL. However, he made amends to some extent when, after being appointed non-playing coach of the red and whites in 1918, he led them to a flag at the first time of asking.

Author - John Devaney


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