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Key Facts

Full name
Eric Huxtable

Known as
Eric Huxtable

Born
27 October 1908

Died
10 October 1990 (aged 81)

Age at first & last AFL game
First game: 21y 223d
Last game: 33y 264d

Height and weight
Height: 182 cm
Weight: 80 kg

Senior clubs
New Town; Carlton; South Melbourne

Jumper numbers
Carlton: 9
South Melbourne: 14, 9

Recruited from
New Town (1930); Carlton (1941)

Eric Huxtable

ClubLeagueCareer spanGamesGoalsAvgWin %AKIAHBAMKBV
New TownTANFL1924-1929
CarltonV/AFL1930-193813540.0369%13.972.7138
South MelbourneV/AFL1941-19422210.0559%0
TANFL1924-1929
V/AFL1930-1938, 1941-194215750.0368%13.972.7138
Total1924-1938, 1941-194215750.03

Pre 1965 stats are for selected matches only

AFL: 3,700th player to appear, 1,181st most games played, 6,195th most goals kickedCarlton: 468th player to appear, 101st most games played, 595th most goals kickedSouth Melbourne: 570th player to appear, 554th most games played, 921st most goals kicked

Dashing, elegant, and, from the perspective of at least one Australian newspaper during the 1930s, 'untouchable', Eric Huxtable began his senior football career with New Town aged just 15, demonstrating right from the outset that he was a rare star in the making. In 1928 he was the first ever recorded winner of New Town's best and fairest award, and two years later he succumbed to intense pressure from a number of VFL clubs by venturing across the Bass Strait and joining Carlton.

Affectionately known as 'Huxie', Huxtable was a firm favourite among the Carlton fans because of his stylish play and superb kicking. In 1937 he took part in a strange international kicking competition featuring Australian footballers and gridiron players, winning the drop kick section with kicks of 67 yards with an Australian football and 65 yards with an American ball.

A regular VFL representative player, Huxtable was almost universally regarded as one of the finest defenders going around, and was one of very few players who could regularly be expected to outpoint Fitzroy's Haydn Bunton. His career with Carlton lasted nine seasons (1930-38), during which time he played 135 VFL games and kicked four goals. Somewhat tragically, however, he sustained a thumb injury during his final season with the Blues which kept him out of the team's winning Grand Final against Collingwood.

After leaving Carlton, Huxtable spent two years in the RAAF before resurfacing in league football at South Melbourne, which was being coached by his former Blues team mate Joe Kelly. In 1941-2 Huxtable added a further 21 VFL games to his career tally before retiring.

Author - John Devaney

Sources

Full Points Footy's Tasmanian Football Companion

Footnotes

* Behinds calculated from the 1965 season on.
+ Score at the end of extra time.