Australian Football Celebrating the history of the great Australian game


Key Facts

Full name
George Holden

Known as
George Holden

15 April 1889

21 July 1959 (aged 70)

Age at first & last AFL game
First game: 19y 17d
Last game: 30y 18d

Height and weight
Height: 173 cm
Weight: 70 kg

Senior clubs

Jumper numbers
Fitzroy: 30

Recruited from
West Melbourne (1908)

George Holden

ClubLeagueCareer spanGamesGoalsAvgWin %AKIAHBAMKBV
FitzroyV/AFL1908-1911, 1913-1919165370.2250%0
Total1908-1911, 1913-1919165370.2250%0

AFL: 1,343rd player to appear, 1,028th most games played, 2,508th most goals kickedFitzroy: 132nd player to appear, 23rd most games played, 138th most goals kicked

George Holden commenced his senior career with VFA club West Melbourne but it was at Fitzroy, where he played 164 VFL games between 1908 and 1919, that he made his name. Quick and tenacious, he was a dual winner of the Roys' best and fairest award. In Fitzroy's winning Grand Final of 1913 against St Kilda, Holden, playing on a wing, was many observers' selection as best afield. Three years later, when Carlton was vanquished on Grand Final day, he put in a similarly creditable performance in the centre. George Holden captained the Maroons in 1917-18 but his career came to a peremptory end when he wrenched a knee during the opening fixture of the 1919 season.

Author - John Devaney


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