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Key Facts

Full name
Paul Schmidt

Known as
Paul Schmidt

Born
23 April 1917

Died
17 June 1961 (aged 44)

Age at first & last AFL game
First game: 20y 15d
Last game: 27y 132d

Height and weight
Height: 178 cm
Weight: 79 kg

Senior clubs
Carlton

Jumper numbers
Carlton: 23, 21

Paul Schmidt

ClubLeagueCareer spanGamesGoalsAvgWin %AKIAHBAMKBV
CarltonV/AFL1937-1942, 1944782282.9269%15.804.7510
Total1937-1942, 1944782282.9269%15.804.7510

Pre 1965 stats are for selected matches only

AFL: 4,479th player to appear, 3,026th most games played, 325th most goals kickedCarlton: 534th player to appear, 230th most games played, 24th most goals kicked

After playing as a centreman early in his career Paul Schmidt was converted into a small forward par excellence. His 78 VFL games in a Carlton jumper from 1937 to 1942 and in 1944 saw him amass 228 goals, and he was the Blues’ top goal kicker three times. Extremely well balanced, and with good evasive skills, he could kick the ball both long and accurately, and, playing as a permanent forward pocket, formed a strong partnership with full forward Ken Baxter.

At the end of the 1944 season Schmidt shocked Carlton club officials by announcing that he had accepted a lucrative offer to captain-coach NWFU side Devonport, which was where he concluded his playing career.

Author - John Devaney

Sources

Full Points Publications

Footnotes

* Behinds calculated from the 1965 season on.
+ Score at the end of extra time.