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Key Facts

Full name
George Gough

Known as
George Gough

Born
18 March 1900

Died
15 April 1952 (aged 52)

Age at first & last AFL game
First game: 19y 46d
Last game: 28y 174d

Height and weight
Height: 177 cm
Weight: 73 kg

Senior clubs
Fitzroy; Carlton

Jumper numbers
Fitzroy: 7
Carlton: 14

Recruited from
Fitzroy (1927)

George Gough

ClubLeagueCareer spanGamesGoalsAvgWin %AKIAHBAMKBV
FitzroyV/AFL1919-192123281.2252%0
CarltonV/AFL1927-192824662.7571%0
V/AFL1919-1921, 1927-192847942.0062%0
Total1919-1921, 1927-192847942.0062%0

AFL: 2,399th player to appear, 4,371st most games played, 1,122nd most goals kickedFitzroy: 260th player to appear, 423rd most games played, 174th most goals kickedCarlton: 442nd player to appear, 505th most games played, 139th most goals kicked

After playing for Preston in the VJFA George Gough joined Fitzroy in 1919 and spent three seasons with the club, playing 23 VFL games and kicking 28 goals. He was never quite assured of his place in the seniors, and it was rumoured that he and Roys coach Percy Parratt did not see eye to eye. At any rate, the next few seasons saw him lining up for his local side, Northcote. Playing mainly as a full forward, he topped the VFA goal kicking list in 1924 with 83 goals. In a match against Prahran that year he booted 25 goals, which remains a VFA/L all time record.

Gough’s consistently good form elicited interest from Carlton, who eventually recruited him in 1927. In two seasons with the Blues he played 24 VFL games and scored 66 goals. Only once during that time did he fail to kick at least one goal in a match.

In 1929 Gough returned to Northcote where he played in the hitherto unaccustomed position of centre wing. He did not complete the season, however, claiming he had lost his passion for the game. As a consequence, he missed the chance of participating in a premiership triumph, as the Brickfielders downed Port Melbourne in that year’s grand final. His two stints with Northcote saw him play 72 VFA games and register 245 goals.

In 1930 Gough appears to have recovered something of his love for the game as he spent the season, his last in football, playing for Preston in the VFA.

Author - John Devaney

Sources

Full Points Publications

Footnotes

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