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Key Facts

Full name
George Albert Young

Known as
George Young

Born
3 February 1949 (age 73)

Place of birth
Caulfield, VIC (3162)

Age at first & last AFL game
First game: 24y 63d
Last game: 29y 204d

Height and weight
Height: 185 cm
Weight: 86 kg

Senior clubs
Subiaco; St. Kilda

Jumper numbers
St. Kilda: 27

Recruited from
Wembley (1969); Subiaco (1973); St. Kilda (1979)

State of origin
VIC

Hall of fame
Western Australian Football Hall Of Fame (2013)

George Young

ClubLeagueCareer spanGamesGoalsAvgWin %AKIAHBAMKBV
SubiacoWANFL1969-1972, 197977720.94
St. KildaV/AFL1973-19781082842.6339%10.623.464.3334
Total1969-19791853561.92

AFL: 8,532nd player to appear, 2,163rd most games played, 217th most goals kickedSt. Kilda: 1,170th player to appear, 120th most games played, 11th most goals kicked

George Young made his Subiaco debut in 1969 and played 76 WANFL games for the club over the next four seasons. A West Australian interstate representative every year from 1970 to 1972, he gained All Australian selection after the 1972 Perth carnival. 

In 1973 he crossed to St Kilda where despite a series of injuries, he gave fine service, initially mainly as a half forward flanker, but from 1975 onwards frequently at the goal-front. In 108 VFL games over six seasons he kicked 284 goals, topping the club goalkicking list with totals of 53 in 1975, 52 in 1976, 58 in 1977, and 70 in 1978. Graceful, elusive and strong overhead, he once managed a bag of 10 goals in a match against Fitzroy. Young returned to Western Australia and played one final game for Subiaco in 1979.

In 2013 he was inducted into the Western Australian Football Hall of Fame. Part of the biographical citation read: "The term brilliant can be used rather too loosely with footballers but in the case of the superbly graceful and magnificent long left foot kicking wingman/half forward George Young, it is entirely appropriate. Besides being a delight to watch, Young had the rare ability to swing a match in minutes of brilliance and to lift for big games and he was seldom out of his team’s best in his 10 state appearances for WA which included the inaugural state of origin game in 1977".1

Author - John Devaney with additional material from Adam Cardosi

Footnotes

1.http://www.wafootballhalloffame.com.au/inductees/3...

Sources

Full Points Footy's WA Football Companion

Footnotes

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