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Key Facts

Full name
Martin Gustav Gotz

Known as
Martin Gotz

26 February 1883

Place of birth
Sandhurst, VIC (3977)

13 August 1967 (aged 84)

Place of death
Brighton, VIC (3186)

Professional gambler

Age at first & last AFL game
First game: 23y 68d
Last game: 30y 150d

Height and weight
Height: 179 cm
Weight: 75 kg

Senior clubs
Port Melbourne; Perth; East Fremantle; Carlton

Jumper numbers
Carlton: 12, 24

Recruited from
Port Melbourne (1903); Perth (1904); East Fremantle (1905); Port Melbourne (1906); Carlton (1914)

State of origin

Family links
Bruce Gotz (Son)

Martin Gotz

ClubLeagueCareer spanGamesGoalsAvgWin %AKIAHBAMKBV
Port MelbourneVFA1902, 1905, 191430
East FremantleWAFA19041420.14
CarltonV/AFL1906-1911, 1913106420.4075%0
VFA1902, 1905, 191430
V/AFL1906-1911, 1913106420.4075%0
Total1902-1911, 1913-1914162440.27

AFL: 1,115th player to appear, 2,248th most games played, 2,321st most goals kickedCarlton: 193rd player to appear, 162nd most games played, 182nd most goals kicked

In addition to being a highly determined, resourceful and effective rover, Martin Gotz (sometimes spelt 'Goetz') was also something of a character who, according to his daughter-in-law, never did a day's paid work in his life, preferring to make a living form his main passion, gambling. As a footballer, Gotz gave Carlton seven seasons and 106 games of excellent service, laced with controversy. 

He began with the Blues in 1906, but after starring all year was forced to sit out the Grand Final win over Fitzroy with injury. He made amends in 1907 and 1908, however, with key roles in the club's second and third successive premiership wins. Major controversy arose in 1912 when he sought a clearance to St Kilda; when this was refused, he opted to sit out of football for the year, but in 1913 he was back for one final season with the Blues.

Gotz had commenced his senior playing career with Port Melbourne in 1902, and that was where he finished it in 1914, having played a total of 30 VFA games for the club. In 1903 he had moved to Western Australia and played a dozen games that year for Perth, before crossing to East Fremantle the following season. Gotz played a total of 14 games for Old Easts, culminating in participation, on a half back flank, in the club's 1904 Grand Final defeat of his former side Perth. In 1905 he resumed briefly with Port Melbourne before embarking on the VFL phase of his career at Carlton.

Author - John Devaney


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