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Key Facts

Full name
Douglas Gillespie

Known as
Doug Gillespie

13 December 1887

Place of birth
Parkville, VIC (3052)

6 January 1947 (aged 59)

Place of death
Parkville, VIC (3052)

Gardener, Head keeper (Melbourne Zoo)

Age at first & last AFL game
First game: 18y 150d
Last game: 24y 283d

Height and weight
Height: 177 cm
Weight: 83 kg

Senior clubs
Carlton; Brunswick

Jumper numbers
Carlton: 30

Recruited from
Carlton (1911); Brunswick (1912)

State of origin

Family links
Dave Gillespie (Brother (Twin))

Doug Gillespie

ClubLeagueCareer spanGamesGoalsAvgWin %AKIAHBAMKBV
CarltonV/AFL1906-1910, 19129000.0083%0

AFL: 1,139th player to appear, 2,667th most games played, 10,147th most goals kickedCarlton: 196th player to appear, 200th most games played, 981st most goals kicked

After making his senior League debut for Carlton in round two of the 1906 season Doug Gillespie went on to round off the year in style as a member of the Blues’ winning grand final team against Fitzroy. Lining up in his customary position of full back Gillespie earned prominent mention among his team’s best performers on the day.

In 1907 he had the satisfaction off playing in two straight premiership-winning sides as Carlton accounted for the grand final challenge of South Melbourne. As a key member of the side he would have been expected to take part in a third straight victorious grand final in 1908 but he was prevented from doing this by injury.

The 1910 season ended in a welter of controversy at Carlton with Doug Gillespie one of a group of three players accused of ‘playing dead’ in the Blues’ semi final loss to South Melbourne. Only Gillespie was exonerated, and he duly took his place in Carlton’s challenge final team to face Collingwood, a match which the Magpies won. Presumably feeling he was persona non grata at Princes Park, however, Gillespie spent the 1911 season playing in the VFA with Brunswick. He then returned for one last season with the Blues in 1912 taking his final tally of VFL games to 90. He failed to kick a goal.

Doug Gillespie’s twin brother Dave also played briefly for Carlton and for a longer spell at Brunswick.

Author - John Devaney


Encyclopedia of AFL Footballers by Russell Holmesby & Jim Main; Wikipedia article;


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