1 March 1895
16 November 1964 (aged 69)
Age at first & last AFL game
First game: 20y 54d
Last game: 27y 87d
St. Kilda (1920)
|Club||League||Career span||Games||Goals||Avg||Win %||AKI||AHB||AMK||BV|
|St. Kilda||V/AFL||1915, 1918-1919||42||43||1.02||43%||—||—||—||0|
AFL: 2,150th player to appear, 3,764th most games played, 2,025th most goals kickedSt. Kilda: 439th player to appear, 354th most games played, 154th most goals kickedMelbourne: 373rd player to appear, 622nd most games played, 524th most goals kicked
A classy forward who exhibited great coolness under pressure, Les Boyd never quite achieved as much in the game as his talent warranted. His stint at St Kilda was interrupted in 1916 and 1917 as the club went into recess in those years because of world war one. As it was, he played 42 VFL games and scored 43 goals for the Saints in 1915 and 1918-19. His tally of 17 goals in 1918 was good enough to top the club’s list for the season.
The 1920 season found Boyd at Melbourne where, statistically at any rate, he experienced a less productive time, with his 17 games in two and a bit years yielding just six goals. His next port of call was Brighton in the VFA, where he transferred during the 1922 season, and where he remained until 1927, playing 59 games and posting 96 goals. A one year stint as captain-coach of Port Fairy followed before he rounded off his career back in the VFA, this time with Sandringham for whom he would play 47 games and kick 101 goals over three seasons. He was the club’s top goal kicker in all three years.
Author - John Devaney