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Key Facts

Full name
Stanley Thomas

Known as
Stan Thomas

Born
9 May 1892

Died
2 November 1958 (aged 66)

Age at first & last AFL game
First game: 22y 364d
Last game: 33y 84d

Height and weight
Height: 180 cm
Weight: 79 kg

Senior clubs
Geelong

Jumper numbers
Geelong: 21, 15

Stan Thomas

ClubLeagueCareer spanGamesGoalsAvgWin %AKIAHBAMKBV
GeelongV/AFL1915, 1917-192513760.0442%0
Total1915, 1917-192513760.0442%0

AFL: 2,172nd player to appear, 1,482nd most games played, 5,777th most goals kickedGeelong: 233rd player to appear, 92nd most games played, 482nd most goals kicked

A strong, hard as nails defender and utility who relished the physical aspects of the game, Stan Thomas joined Geelong from Barwon and made his VFL debut in 1915. Boasting plenty of stamina and a good turn in pace - his nickname was ‘Dasher’ - he was the quintessential team player, unspectacular but highly effective.

After missing the entire 1916 seasons because Geelong was temporarily in recess, Thomas resumed his league career in 1917 and continued until midway through the 1925 season by which time he had played 137 VFL games and kicked 6 goals. He was effectively forced into retirement after receiving a twenty-six game suspension for his part in an all-in brawl which marred the North Melbourne-Geelong match on 1st August 1925.

Author - John Devaney

Sources

Encyclopedia of AFL Footballers by Russell Holmesby & Jim Main; Wikipedia article; 'Cats' Tales' by Col Hutchinson

Footnotes

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