Australian Football Celebrating the history of the great Australian game


Key Facts

Full name
James Shanahan

Known as
Jim Shanahan

1 June 1901

8 September 1985 (aged 84)

Age at first & last AFL game
First game: 23y 6d
Last game: 28y 84d

Height and weight
Height: 182 cm
Weight: 79 kg

Senior clubs
Collingwood; Carlton; Fitzroy

Jumper numbers
Collingwood: 20, 23, 21
Carlton: 23
Fitzroy: 15, 28

Recruited from
Collingwood (1927); Carlton (1928)

Jim Shanahan

ClubLeagueCareer spanGamesGoalsAvgWin %AKIAHBAMKBV

AFL: 2,898th player to appear, 3,335th most games played, 6,544th most goals kickedCollingwood: 286th player to appear, 383rd most games played, 972nd most goals kickedCarlton: 438th player to appear, 1,062nd most games played, 823rd most goals kickedFitzroy: 354th player to appear, 387th most games played, 545th most goals kicked

Collingwood recruited West Australian-born Jim Shanahan from Horsham and he proved a handy acquisition, playing 42 VFL games, mainly as a defender, between 1924 and 1926. He featured in the Magpies’ losing grand finals of 1925 against Geelong and 1926 against Melbourne. After the latter match he was listed high among Collingwood’s best players, notwithstanding which he went on to seek a clearance to Carlton, which was granted. He only managed a couple of games for the Blues though, and the 1928 season saw him on the move again, this time to Fitzroy. He proved to be a steady performer for the Roys, playing 27 games in two seasons. Over the course of his entire 71 game VFL career he only registered four goals.

In 1930 he joined Williamstown in the VFA, and the following season saw him appointed playing coach. However, he was unable to take up the position because, as a police officer, he was prohibited from undertaking such roles. Nevertheless he continued as a player, and in two seasons with the club made 29 appearances and scored five goals.

Author - John Devaney


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