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Key Facts

Full name
Charles Coles

Known as
Charlie Coles


21 July 1879

7 September 1948 (aged 69)

Age at first & last AFL game
First game: 17y 305d
Last game: 24y 340d

Height and weight
Height: 183 cm
Weight: 83 kg

Senior clubs

Recruited from
Newtown and Chilwell (1897)

Charlie Coles

ClubLeagueCareer spanGamesGoalsAvgWin %AKIAHBAMKBV
GeelongV/AFL1897-1898, 1900-190472811.1360%0
Total1897-1898, 1900-190472811.1360%0

AFL: 187th player to appear, 3,241st most games played, 1,308th most goals kickedGeelong: 24th player to appear, 234th most games played, 94th most goals kicked

Originally from Chilwell, Charles 'Dummy' Coles was an extremely effective follower whose career with Geelong was undermined, and ultimately ruined, by injury. Strong overhead, and exceptionally mobile, he teamed particularly well with fellow ruckman Henry 'Tracker' Young, and the pair were at the forefront of many of Geelong's best moves. Coles was a fine kick, and was sometimes asked to fill in at full forward, which he normally did to good effect. He made his VFL debut in the competition's opening round in 1897, and had played a total of 72 senior games and kicked 81 goals by the time his career was brought to an end by a badly broken leg sustained in the round eight clash with Collingwood in 1904. He had earlier been forced to miss numerous matches through various injuries, the worst of which was probably the broken arm he suffered in 1902 (ironically, also against Collingwood).

Author - John Devaney


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