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Key Facts

Full name
Alfred Ernest McGinis

Known as
Fred McGinis

11 November 1874

Place of birth
Hobart, TAS (7000)

30 March 1953 (aged 78)

Place of death
Hobart, TAS (7000)

Age at first & last AFL game
First game: 22y 178d
Last game: 26y 286d

Height and weight
Height: 175 cm
Weight: 74 kg

Senior clubs

Recruited from
City (Hobart) (1894)

State of origin

Fred McGinis

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AFL: 85th player to appear, 2,876th most games played, 2,591st most goals kickedMelbourne: 9th player to appear, 201st most games played, 200th most goals kicked

Hobart-born Fred McGinis (sometimes rendered as McGinnis or McGuinness) commenced his senior football career with local club City, but before long he ventured across the Bass Strait to try his luck in the 'big time' with Melbourne.

Still aged only 19, he made his debut with the Redlegs in 1894, and it was immediately obvious that here was a rare champion in the making. By the time the VFL came into existence in 1897 he was, in the view of many, the finest exponent of the game in Victoria at the time, as his "splendid drop kicking, pertinacity in redeeming a mistake, determination in getting the ball, and coolness and quickness in passing it on to a team mate placed him in a class above his contemporaries".¹

Playing as a rover, McGinis continued to perform at a consistently high level for the next four years, with his only major weakness being that he was somewhat injury prone. In 1900, McGinis' partnership with ruckmen 'Vic' Cumberland and George Moodie was a major factor in Melbourne's unexpected surge up the premiership ladder to take out the flag. The same trio also represented the VFL in intercolonial matches. Tragically, in 1902 McGinis' sight began to deteriorate alarmingly, and he was forced to quit the game and return home to Tasmania.

Author - John Devaney


1. 100 Years Of Football: The Story Of The Melbourne Football Club 1858-1958 by E.C.H. Taylor, pages 30-31.


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