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Key Facts

Full name
Geoffrey Ainsworth

Known as
Geoff Ainsworth

Born
27 May 1946

Died
2 February 2011 (aged 64)

Age at first & last AFL game
First game: 20y 323d
Last game: 28y 33d

Height and weight
Height: 178 cm
Weight: 79 kg

Senior clubs
Geelong

Jumper numbers
Geelong: 25

Geoff Ainsworth

ClubLeagueCareer spanGamesGoalsAvgWin %AKIAHBAMKBV
GeelongV/AFL1967-197413530.0251%11.111.472.645
Total1967-197413530.0251%11.111.472.645

AFL: 7,884th player to appear, 1,545th most games played, 7,280th most goals kickedGeelong: 692nd player to appear, 97th most games played, 621st most goals kicked

A rover during his time with University Blues, Geoff Ainsworth was converted by Geelong into a permanent back pocket. Rugged, strongly built and hard at the ball, he also showed great judgement as well as an awareness of when to drop back and cover for team mates. In his debut season of 1967 he lined up in his customary position on the last line of defence in Geelong's losing grand final team against Richmond. He played 135 VFL games and kicked three goals for the Cats between 1967 to 1973, captaining the side in his final season. Ainsworth retired early, at the age of twenty-eight, in order to devote his time to his legal career.

Author - John Devaney

Sources

Encyclopedia of AFL Footballers by Russell Holmesby & Jim Main; Wikipedia article; Cats' Tales by Col Hutchinson

Footnotes

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