Australian Football Celebrating the history of the great Australian game


Key Facts

Full name
Geoffrey Mahon

Known as
Geoff Mahon

24 April 1915

16 February 1971 (aged 55)

Age at first & last AFL game
First game: 21y 50d
Last game: 31y 80d

Height and weight
Height: 183 cm
Weight: 94 kg

Senior clubs

Jumper numbers
Geelong: 15, 4

Geoff Mahon

ClubLeagueCareer spanGamesGoalsAvgWin %AKIAHBAMKBV
GeelongV/AFL1936-1940, 194682350.4356%11.712.7120
Total1936-1940, 194682350.4356%11.712.7120

Pre 1965 stats are for selected matches only

AFL: 4,397th player to appear, 2,941st most games played, 2,650th most goals kickedGeelong: 412th player to appear, 211th most games played, 203rd most goals kicked

Despite the comparative brevity of his career Geelong’s Geoff ‘Stiffy’ Mahon achieved virtually everything elite football could offer. Originally from North Geelong, he was a formidable ruckman who gloried in smashing his way through packs and yet paradoxically exuded an air of strange calmness. He was also a beatiful kick and sound mark.

His VFL career with Geelong saw him play 82 games and kick 35 goals from 1936 to 1940 and in 1946. He was on the bench for the 1937 grand final in which the Cats downed Collingwood. His final season was the most eventful of his career in that he represented Victoria for the first time and won the Cats’ best and fairest award - a rare achievement in that he sustained a career-ending knee injury in round twelve.

In 1941 Mahon controversially crossed to Prahran without a clearance, as a fair number of top VFL players were doing at the time. All was eventually forgiven, however, and he always remained a Geelong man at heart.

Author - John Devaney


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


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