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Key Facts

Full name
Frederick Ernest Fontaine

Known as
Fred Fontaine

Born
30 January 1878

Died
9 December 1957 (aged 79)

Age at first & last AFL game
First game: 20y 160d
Last game: 29y 206d

Senior clubs
Fitzroy

Jumper numbers
Fitzroy: 7

Fred Fontaine

ClubLeagueCareer spanGamesGoalsAvgWin %AKIAHBAMKBV
FitzroyV/AFL1898-1907111330.3071%0
Total1898-1907111330.3071%0

AFL: 376th player to appear, 2,102nd most games played, 2,752nd most goals kickedFitzroy: 47th player to appear, 89th most games played, 150th most goals kicked

One of the most famous members of Fitzroy's illustrious early VFL teams, Fred Fontaine was a key contributor to the premiership wins of 1898, 1899, 1904 and 1905. He also played in the losing Grand Finals of 1903 and 1906. A VFL interstate representative in 1902, Fontaine was extremely quick, adept overhead, and a booming kick. He was also immensely versatile, performing with distinction on every line as well as on the ball.

The highlight of Fontaine's career probably came with his fine performance at full back in the 1904 Grand Final win over Carlton. Towards the end of the game, he was responsible for making a surging run through the centre of the ground before passing to Percy Trotter, who kicked what proved to be the decisive goal of the match.

Author - John Devaney

Sources

Full Points Footy Publications

Footnotes

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