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Key Facts

Full name
James John Toohey Snr

Known as
Jim Toohey

23 July 1886

11 April 1980 (aged 93)

Age at first & last AFL game
First game: 26y 277d
Last game: 33y 283d

Height and weight
Height: 183 cm
Weight: 93 kg

Senior clubs
North Fremantle; Fitzroy

Jumper numbers
Fitzroy: 7, 8, 3, 33

Recruited from
North Fremantle (1913)

Family links
Jack Toohey (Son)Jim Toohey Jnr (Son)

Jim Toohey

ClubLeagueCareer spanGamesGoalsAvgWin %AKIAHBAMKBV
North FremantleWAFL1903, 1905-1906, 1911-191260
FitzroyV/AFL1913-1917, 1920781021.3156%0
Total1903, 1905-1906, 1911-1917, 19201381020.74

AFL: 1,975th player to appear, 3,027th most games played, 1,030th most goals kickedFitzroy: 203rd player to appear, 152nd most games played, 40th most goals kicked

Born in Footscray, Jim Toohey travelled with his family to Western Australia when he was eight years of age. He demonstrated an adeptness at the native code of football and joined North Fremantle in 1903, going on to play 60 games for the club in three separate stints. Between 1907 and 1910 he played for Mines Rovers and was regarded as one of the best footballers on the goldfields.

Most commonly deployed as a half forward flanker Toohey was also quite versatile and capable of filling a number of different roles, including key positions. (He was 183cm in height and weighed 93kg.) He joined Fitzroy in 1913 and was on a half forward flank in that year’s challenge final victory over St Kilda. He later played at centre half back in the 1917 premiership decider which the Maroons lost to Collingwood. His VFL career with Fitzroy ran from 1913 to 1917 with a single season resumption in 1920. He played 78 games and kicked 102 goals.

Two of Toohey’s sons, Jim junior and Jack, were also VFL footballers at Fitzroy, with Jack also playing for St Kilda.

Author - John Devaney


Encyclopedia of AFL Footballers by Russell Holesby & Jim Main; Wikipedia articles


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