Australian Football Celebrating the history of the great Australian game


Key Facts

Full name
Gerald Brosnan

Known as
Gerald Brosnan

14 August 1877

29 July 1965 (aged 87)

Age at first & last AFL game
First game: 22y 264d
Last game: 32y 0d

Height and weight
Height: 175 cm
Weight: 76 kg

Senior clubs

Jumper numbers
Fitzroy: 6

Recruited from
Ballarat (1900)

Gerald Brosnan

ClubLeagueCareer spanGamesGoalsAvgWin %AKIAHBAMKBV

AFL: 521st player to appear, 1,627th most games played, 580th most goals kickedFitzroy: 58th player to appear, 65th most games played, 27th most goals kicked

It took three attempts for Gerald Brosnan to break into league ranks, but once he did he developed into one of the most highly regarded key position forwards of his era. After Geelong and Essendon both rejected him, Brosnan transferred to Ballarat to play. His form there was so good that, in 1900, he was signed up by Fitzroy. A deadly left foot kick for goal, Brosnan was acknowledged during his 10-season, 131-game VFL career as among the most damaging centre half forwards ever to play the game. He was also a good on-field leader, and captained the Maroons from 1903 to 1905. After his retirement as a player, Gerald Brosnan coached University in 1911-12 and 1914 and Melbourne in 1920.

Author - John Devaney


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* Behinds calculated from the 1965 season on.
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