Australian Football Celebrating the history of the great Australian game


Key Facts

Full name
Les Minto

Known as
Les Minto

11 July 1886

30 March 1955 (aged 68)

Age at first & last AFL game
First game: 18y 299d
Last game: 23y 48d

Height and weight
Height: 168 cm
Weight: 62 kg

Senior clubs
Melbourne; Essendon

Recruited from
Melbourne (1908)

Les Minto

ClubLeagueCareer spanGamesGoalsAvgWin %AKIAHBAMKBV
V/AFL1905, 1908-19092680.3169%0
Total1905, 1908-19092680.3169%0

AFL: 1,024th player to appear, 5,850th most games played, 5,313th most goals kickedMelbourne: 133rd player to appear, 1,264th most games played, 831st most goals kickedEssendon: 173rd player to appear, 508th most games played, 493rd most goals kicked

Leslie Minto was a diminutive but tenacious wingman who played just a single game for Melbourne in 1905 before returning to VFA side West Melbourne, where he had previously played in 1903. In 1906 he was a member of the club’s sole VFA premiership-winning side, playing in his accustomed position on the wing in the 7.8 to 5.9 grand final defeat of Footscray. He played 49 games for West and scored eight goals.

In 1908 and 1909 Minto played 25 games and kicked seven goals for Essendon in the VFL. His appearances included the 1908 grand final, in which the Same Old lost to Carlton.

He later returned to the VFA, although with Northcote on this occasion, where he finished his playing career by adding 10 games and four goals in 1910 and 1912.

Author - John Devaney


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