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Key Facts

Full name
Frederick Davies

Known as
Fred Davies

Born
14 August 1921

Died
13 August 1961 (aged 39)

Age at first & last AFL game
First game: 19y 353d
Last game: 31y 23d

Height and weight
Height: 187 cm
Weight: 88 kg

Senior clubs
Carlton; Longford

Jumper numbers
Carlton: 35, 28

Recruited from
Carlton (1953)

Fred Davies

ClubLeagueCareer spanGamesGoalsAvgWin %AKIAHBAMKBV
CarltonV/AFL1941, 1946-19521251371.1056%9.002.0010
LongfordNTFA1953-1958
Total1941, 1946-19581251371.10

Pre 1965 stats are for selected matches only

AFL: 4,971st player to appear, 1,749th most games played, 728th most goals kickedCarlton: 563rd player to appear, 120th most games played, 61st most goals kicked

Fred Davies was a popular figure at Carlton during a 125-game, 137-goal VFL career that began in 1941 and ended after the losing first semi final of 1952 against Fitzroy. He missed four complete seasons because of war service. Equally at home as a follower or in either key forward position, Davies was among the best players afield with a four-goal performance in the Blues' 13.8 (86) to 11.19 (85) Grand Final victory over Essendon in 1947. He also played in the losing Grand Final against the same opposition two years later. Davies served as Carlton's vice-captain during his final VFL season.

In 1953 he crossed the Bass Strait after being appointed captain-coach of NTFA club Longford. He spent half a dozen seasons with the Tigers, steering them to three local premierships from four Grand Finals, plus the 1957 state flag. On the personal front, he won an Association best and fairest award under-written by "The Mercury" newspaper in 1956. In 1961, just three years after retiring as a player, Fred Davies passed away at the tragically early age of forty. Precisely forty years later his importance in the history of the Longford Football Club was emphasised when he was selected as captain-coach and first ruckman in the club's official 'Team of the Century'.

Author - John Devaney

Sources

Full Points Footy Publications

Footnotes

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