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Key Facts

Full name
Geoffrey Southby

Known as
Geoff Southby

27 October 1950 (age 72)

Age at first & last AFL game
First game: 20y 158d
Last game: 33y 296d

Height and weight
Height: 188 cm
Weight: 87 kg

Senior clubs

Jumper numbers
Carlton: 20

Geoff Southby

ClubLeagueCareer spanGamesGoalsAvgWin %AKIAHBAMKBV

AFL: 8,328th player to appear, 174th most games played, 2,866th most goals kickedCarlton: 825th player to appear, 9th most games played, 233rd most goals kicked

Arguably the finest full back of his era, Geoff Southby proved to be an immediate success after joining Carlton in 1971 from Sandhurst, having earlier played in the VAFA with Power House, where he won a best and fairest award in 1969. Perfectly built for a key position defender at 188 cm in height and 87 kg in weight he won the Blues best and fairest award in both of his first two seasons in the VFL.

Southby regularly represented the 'Big V', and was a member of Carlton premiership teams in 1972 and 1979. He was quick, strong, adaptable and extraordinarily dogged, and must rank as one of the hardest defenders to beat one-on- one in the history of the game. He played 268 games for the Blues between 1971 and 1984, and was included as a back pocket in Carlton's official 'Team of the Twentieth Century'.

Author - John Devaney


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