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Key Facts

Full name
George Goninon

Known as
George Goninon

18 April 1927

Age at first & last AFL game
First game: 21y 83d
Last game: 27y 153d

Height and weight
Height: 181 cm
Weight: 79 kg

Senior clubs
Essendon; Geelong

Jumper numbers
Essendon: 13, 32, 18
Geelong: 18

Recruited from
Burnie Tigers (1948); Essendon (1950)

George Goninon

ClubLeagueCareer spanGamesGoalsAvgWin %AKIAHBAMKBV
Burnie TigersNWFU194767

Pre 1965 stats are for selected matches only

AFL: 5,830th player to appear, 2,740th most games played, 208th most goals kickedEssendon: 617th player to appear, 739th most games played, 420th most goals kickedGeelong: 541st player to appear, 218th most games played, 20th most goals kicked

Full forward George Goninon began his senior career with Essendon Stars before joining Burnie in the NWFU, where his 67 goals in 1947 was good enough to top the competition's goal kicking list. Recruited by Essendon the following year he found it hard to establish himself because of the presence of John Coleman, and he managed just nine senior VFL games (for 11 goals) in three seasons before crossing to Geelong. 

Given the responsibility of spearheading the Cats' attack, Goninon came into his own, and in four and a half seasons he accumulated 278 goals from 78 games. Favouring the then somewhat unfashionable drop punt when kicking for goal, he was renowned as one of the most accurate kicks in the league. He topped the VFL goal kicking list with 86 goals in 1951 and was a member of Geelong premiership teams both that year and the next.

Author - John Devaney


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