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Key Facts

Full name
George Morrissey Snr

Known as
George Morrissey

Born
1 January 1883

Died
7 December 1964 (aged 81)

Age at first & last AFL game
First game: 24y 116d
Last game: 30y 269d

Height and weight
Height: 174 cm
Weight: 82 kg

Senior clubs
St. Kilda; North Hobart; East Perth

Jumper numbers
St. Kilda: 1, 30

Recruited from
St. Kilda (1911); North Hobart (1912); St. Kilda (1914)

Family links
George Morrissey Jnr (Son)

George Morrissey

ClubLeagueCareer spanGamesGoalsAvgWin %AKIAHBAMKBV
St. KildaV/AFL1907-1910, 1912-191393640.6934%0
North HobartTFL1911
East PerthWAFL1914-19161260.50
Total1907-1916105700.67

AFL: 1,251st player to appear, 2,543rd most games played, 1,648th most goals kickedSt. Kilda: 255th player to appear, 142nd most games played, 97th most goals kicked

Renowned for his uncompromising aggression and toughness, George Morrissey began his senior career with Ballarat, where it soon became obvious that he was a VFL player in the making. In 1907 he transferred to St Kilda and, playing mainly in the forward lines, was instrumental in the club making the VFL finals for the first time. After four seasons with the Saints he crossed to Tasmania where he was appointed as North Hobart's first official coach. He spent most of his time with the Robins playing as a ruckman, and he also represented Tasmania in that position at the Adelaide carnival.

In 1912, Morrisey returned to St Kilda but soon landed himself in hot water when he was reported for abusing an umpire; he received a hefty suspension, but was back in time to play a prominent role in the Saints' 1913 finals campaign which culminated in a 13-point Challenge Final loss to Fitzroy. After playing 93 VFL games and kicking 64 goals for St Kilda Morrissey headed to Western Australia in 1914 where he finished his league career with a dozen games for East Perth spread over the next three seasons.

Author - John Devaney

Sources

Full Points Footy Publications

Footnotes

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