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Key Facts

Full name
James Leslie White

Known as
Les White

9 September 1890

27 April 1927 (aged 36)

Place of death
East Melbourne, VIC (3002)


Age at first & last AFL game
First game: 19y 268d
Last game: 29y 312d

Height and weight
Height: 171 cm
Weight: 61 kg

Senior clubs
Essendon; St. Kilda

Jumper numbers
Essendon: 17, 19
St. Kilda: 22

Recruited from
Essendon (1920)

Les White

ClubLeagueCareer spanGamesGoalsAvgWin %AKIAHBAMKBV
St. KildaV/AFL1920200.000%0
V/AFL1910-1915, 19207710.0152%0
Total1910-1915, 19207710.0152%0

AFL: 1,666th player to appear, 3,086th most games played, 8,550th most goals kickedEssendon: 205th player to appear, 251st most games played, 758th most goals kickedSt. Kilda: 503rd player to appear, 1,339th most games played, 1,347th most goals kicked

Pacy, assured and ultra reliable, Les White was one of the finest half back flank specialists of his day. Essendon recruited him from Hawthorn Rovers, and he made his VFL debut in 1910. The following season saw him suffer the disappointment of missing the Dons' winning Grand Final against Collingwood, but in 1912 he made amends by helping the team to successive flags with a 5.17 (47) to 4.9 (33) challenge final win over South Melbourne.

When Essendon went into temporary mothballs because of the war in 1916 White had played 75 games in six years and was at his peak. Two years later, when the Dons resumed, he might reasonably have been expected to have a good deal of football left in his legs, but he fell out with the club committee, and refused to play. Instead, he went through the longwinded process of seeking a clearance to St Kilda, but when this was finally granted in 1920 White was no longer the same player that he had been prior to the war. White had an aborted stint with the Saints in 1920, but overall added just two games to his aggregate tally.

Author - John Devaney


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