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Key Facts

Full name
Gerald McCarthy

Known as
Gerald McCarthy

2 November 1951 (age 71)

Age at first & last AFL game
First game: 20y 291d
Last game: 30y 159d

Height and weight
Height: 191 cm
Weight: 92 kg

Senior clubs
Hawthorn; Fitzroy

Jumper numbers
Hawthorn: 42, 26, 21
Fitzroy: 23

Recruited from
Hawthorn (1978)

Gerald McCarthy

ClubLeagueCareer spanGamesGoalsAvgWin %AKIAHBAMKBV

AFL: 8,512th player to appear, 1,309th most games played, 2,394th most goals kickedHawthorn: 618th player to appear, 197th most games played, 255th most goals kickedFitzroy: 951st player to appear, 164th most games played, 205th most goals kicked

Gerald McCarthy was a steady, strong marking defender who suffered the twin misfortunes of missing selection for Hawthorn’s 1975 and 1976 grand finals after being a regular in the team for the majority of both seasons.

After 75 games and 18 goals for the Hawks from 1972 to 1977 McCarthy was traded to Fitzroy where he added an identical number of games and 23 goals. The Hawks could be adjudged the main beneficiaries of the trade as they got Terry Wallace, who was residentially bound to Fitzroy but had yet to play a senior game, for the club in exchange. Wallace went on to enjoy a stellar 254 game league career with three clubs. 

Author - John Devaney


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