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Key Facts

Full name
Eric Fleming

Known as
Eric Fleming

16 March 1903

20 August 1984 (aged 81)

Age at first & last AFL game
First game: 19y 58d
Last game: 25y 169d

Height and weight
Height: 191 cm
Weight: 81 kg

Senior clubs
Geelong; Oakleigh

Jumper numbers
Geelong: 11

Recruited from
South Bendigo (1922); Geelong (1929)

Eric Fleming

ClubLeagueCareer spanGamesGoalsAvgWin %AKIAHBAMKBV

AFL: 2,715th player to appear, 2,279th most games played, 957th most goals kickedGeelong: 289th player to appear, 160th most games played, 68th most goals kicked

Hailing originally from Bendigo Football League club South Bendigo, Eric Fleming was a tall, wiry ruckman who gave Geelong solid and intermittently spectacular service in 105 VFL games between 1922 and 1928, during which he booted 112 goals. The occasionally spectacular aspects of his play were his high marking, and his kicking - both drop kicks and, more especially, torpedo punts - which could be prodigious. Fleming was first ruckman in the Cats' 1925 premiership team, and represented the VFL in the interstate arena half a dozen times. In addition to the ruck he could also perform serviceably across half forward, where his above average ground skills came to the fore. In 1929 he crossed to Oakleigh which was making its debut in the VFA, and went on to star at centre half forward in the club's 1930 and 1931 premiership teams. He played a total of 103 senior games for the Purple and Golds, whom he captained in 1933.

Author - John Devaney


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