Australian Football Celebrating the history of the great Australian game


Key Facts

Full name
James Kearney

Known as
Jim Kearney

4 July 1893

29 February 1944 (aged 50)

Age at first & last AFL game
First game: 21y 301d
Last game: 28y 54d

Height and weight
Height: 183 cm
Weight: 79 kg

Senior clubs
Geelong; Richmond

Jumper numbers
Geelong: 20, 16
Richmond: 28

Recruited from
Geelong (1916); Richmond (1917)

Family links
Dan Kearney (Son)

Jim Kearney

ClubLeagueCareer spanGamesGoalsAvgWin %AKIAHBAMKBV
GeelongV/AFL1915, 1917-192172170.2429%0

AFL: 2,165th player to appear, 3,001st most games played, 3,926th most goals kickedGeelong: 231st player to appear, 238th most games played, 322nd most goals kickedRichmond: 161st player to appear, 756th most games played, 922nd most goals kicked

Calmness and consistency personified, Jim Kearney was an immensely dependable defender or ruckman who was particularly strong overhead. He joined Geelong from Geelong West and went on to play 72 VFL games and kick 17 goals for the club in 1915 and from 1917 to 1921. He served as team captain in 1918 and 1919.

In 1916 Geelong went into recess because of the war a nd Kearney made a temporary switch to Richmond where he played seven games without registering a goal.

Author - John Devaney


Encyclopedia of AFL Footballers by Russell Holmesby & Jim Main; Wikipedia article; Cats' Tales by Col Hutchinson;


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