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Key Facts

Full name
Geoffrey Gosper

Known as
Geoff Gosper

Born
11 May 1940 (age 82)

Age at first & last AFL game
First game: 20y 73d
Last game: 30y 110d

Height and weight
Height: 175 cm
Weight: 78 kg

Senior clubs
Essendon

Jumper numbers
Essendon: 49, 6

Geoff Gosper

ClubLeagueCareer spanGamesGoalsAvgWin %AKIAHBAMKBV
EssendonV/AFL1960-1970168680.4062%15.022.362.9111
Total1960-1970168680.4062%15.022.362.9111

Pre 1965 stats are for selected matches only

AFL: 7,199th player to appear, 985th most games played, 1,573rd most goals kickedEssendon: 715th player to appear, 58th most games played, 130th most goals kicked

Geoff Gosper was an underrated player at Essendon between 1960 and 1970 playing a total of 168 VFL games and kicking 68 goals. Recruited from Strathmore under seventeens he commenced with the Bomber thirds in 1957 but his progress was stuttering and early in 1960 he returned to Strathmore and sought a clearance to Fitzroy. The matter was ultimately resolved to everyone's satisfaction and Gosper finally made his debut later that same year.

Lightly built at 175cm and 78kg Gosper belied his slight frame by demonstrating plenty of pluck and tenacity. He was also quite a clever footballer who knew how to find the ball, and whose use of it was usually effective. Capable of playing any flank or pocket position or as a rover he once put together 114 consecutive senior grade appearances. When the Dons downed Carlton in the 1962 grand final he was named as a reserve, while three years later when St Kilda was overcome in the year's decisive match he was one of his team's best playing on a half forward flank.

In 1969 Gosper won Essendon's most consistent player award and the following year he was voted best utility.

After leaving the Bombers he played initially for Waverley in 1971-2 before joining Oakleigh Districts whom he captain-coached from 1973 to 1975. His last port of call was Box Hill in 1976.

After retiring as a player Geoff Gosper remained involved in football by working for a time as a radio commentator. In 1987 he was appointed captain-coach of Victoria's Super Rules team.

Author - John Devaney

Sources

Encyclopedia of AFL Footballers by Russell Holmesby and Jim Main; Those Magnificent Men 1897-1987 by Michael Maplestone, pages 124-5.

Footnotes

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