Australian Football Celebrating the history of the great Australian game


Key Facts

Full name
Frederick Harold Pemberton

Known as
Fred Pemberton

22 May 1923

10 December 2007 (aged 84)

Age at first & last AFL game
First game: 25y 42d
Last game: 27y 89d

Height and weight
Height: 191 cm
Weight: 85 kg

Senior clubs
St. Kilda

Jumper numbers
St. Kilda: 1

Fred Pemberton

ClubLeagueCareer spanGamesGoalsAvgWin %AKIAHBAMKBV
St. KildaV/AFL1948-19502410.0425%0

AFL: 5,829th player to appear, 6,001st most games played, 8,993rd most goals kickedSt. Kilda: 920th player to appear, 525th most games played, 1,011th most goals kicked

Originally from Beechworth, Fred Pemberton was recruited by St Kilda and gave the club solid service in 24 VFL games between 1948 and 1950, during which he booted one goal. A redoubtable follower, he moved to Sydney in 1951 and joined Eastern Suburbs as captain. He remained with the club until 1956, serving as captain-coach and steering his side to premierships in his last three years, and then took up the captain-coaching reins at Western Suburbs, where he stayed for a couple of seasons. He also captained New South Wales seven times. He rounded off his playing career at Glenelg where he played 17 SANFL games and scored a club list-topping tally of 44 goals in 1959. In that year’s first semi final clash with Sturt he famously kicked the Bays’ winning goal.

Author - John Devaney


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