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3 April 1905
22 November 1960 (aged 55)
Age at first & last AFL game
First game: 19y 37d
Last game: 31y 71d
Height and weight
Height: 175 cm
Weight: 76 kg
Collingwood: 10, 11, 12, 9
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Pre 1965 stats are for selected matches only
AFL: 2,882nd player to appear, 435th most games played, 8,701st most goals kickedCollingwood: 283rd player to appear, 28th most games played, 786th most goals kickedGeelong: 406th player to appear, 745th most games played, 938th most goals kicked
Despite standing only 175cm in height and weighing in, on average, at just 76kg, Charlie Dibbs played for most of his VFL career at full back, and would doubtless have been extremely grateful, not to say relieved, to count the redoubtable figure of Gordon Coventry among his team mates, rather than opponents.
Dibbs joined Collingwood in 1924, and went on to play 216 VFL games for the Magpies over the ensuing twelve seasons. The key to his success as a defender was his uncanny anticipation, which repeatedly enabled him to outmark taller, heftier, and higher leaping opposition full forwards. Dibbs was at full back in Collingwood's record-breaking four-in-a row premiership teams of 1927-8-9-30 and again in 1935. The 1936 season saw him at Geelong as captain-coach, but he lasted only a few games before resigning and being replaced by Reg Hickey.
Author - John Devaney