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10 December 1908
23 June 1970 (aged 61)
Age at first & last AFL game
First game: 20y 138d
Last game: 33y 213d
Height and weight
Height: 183 cm
Weight: 83 kg
Dick Gill (Son)John Gill (Nephew)Barry Gill (Nephew)
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Pre 1965 stats are for selected matches only
AFL: 3,484th player to appear, 578th most games played, 4,303rd most goals kickedCarlton: 456th player to appear, 32nd most games played, 363rd most goals kicked
A tough, tenacious and hard-hitting defender of the old school, Frank Gill could lay strong claim to having been the finest full back in Carlton's history. Originally from Wimmera League club Nhill, he spent 14 seasons with the Blues, between 1929 and 1942, playing a total of 205 VFL games, and winning a best and fairest award in 1939.
He was one of the best players afield when Carlton overcame Collingwood by 15 points in the 1938 VFL Grand Final, having also played well in the losing Grand Final against Richmond six years earlier. One of the longest kicks in the game, and brilliant overhead, he was a master of upsetting opponents using a range of surreptitious means that avoided attracting the ire of umpires.
Author - John Devaney