Australian Football Celebrating the history of the great Australian game


Key Facts

Full name
Frederick O'Shea

Known as
Fred O'Shea

5 October 1886

21 December 1962 (aged 76)

Age at first & last AFL game
First game: 23y 207d
Last game: 25y 352d

Height and weight
Height: 170 cm
Weight: 68 kg

Senior clubs

Jumper numbers
Essendon: 12, 15

Fred O'Shea

ClubLeagueCareer spanGamesGoalsAvgWin %AKIAHBAMKBV

AFL: 1,618th player to appear, 4,287th most games played, 6,952nd most goals kickedEssendon: 198th player to appear, 349th most games played, 616th most goals kicked

Fred O’Shea commenced with Brunswick in 1907 and went on to play in the club’s 1909 grand final defeat of Prahran. In 1910, having played 36 games and scored 17 goals for the Pottery Workers, he joined Essendon, and was soon being hailed as one of the finest wingmen in the VFL. It was said of him that “he was adept at running and dodging and rarely lost his kick”. He was a star performer for the Same Old in their 1911 grand final defeat of Collingwood. A year later he was unfortunate to miss out through injury as Essendon went back to back at the expense of South Melbourne. He returned to Brunswick in 1913 having played 51 games and scored five goals for Essendon.

Author - John Devaney


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