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Key Facts

Full name
Charles Gaudion

Known as
Charlie Gaudion

Born
14 April 1904

Died
10 October 1979 (aged 75)

Age at first & last AFL game
First game: 22y 17d
Last game: 33y 31d

Height and weight
Height: 180 cm
Weight: 87 kg

Senior clubs
Footscray; Coburg; North Melbourne

Jumper numbers
Footscray: 3, 27
North Melbourne: 6, 14

Recruited from
Footscray (1931)

Family links
Jack Gaudion (Brother)Michael Gaudion (Son)Frank Gaudion (Uncle)

Charlie Gaudion

ClubLeagueCareer spanGamesGoalsAvgWin %AKIAHBAMKBV
FootscrayV/AFL1926-19296370.1138%1
CoburgVFA1930
North MelbourneV/AFL1931-19377790.1218%9.401.8033
V/AFL1926-1929, 1931-1937140160.1127%9.401.8034
VFA1930
Total1926-1937140160.11

Pre 1965 stats are for selected matches only

AFL: 3,123rd player to appear, 1,431st most games played, 4,048th most goals kickedFootscray: 40th player to appear, 210th most games played, 430th most goals kickedNorth Melbourne: 130th player to appear, 173rd most games played, 363rd most goals kicked

Charles Gaudion enjoyed a fine and varied career at four clubs. A strongly built, versatile footballer, he began with Footscray in 1926, and over the ensuing four seasons went on to play a total of 63 VFL games and kick seven goals. He also played interstate football for the VFL. After spending the 1930 season with VFA side Coburg he resumed in the VFL the following year with North Melbourne, where he played 77 games and kicked nine goals in seven seasons.

Gaudion's ability to play equally well in almost any key position ensured that he was one of the most highly regarded footballers of his time, as his evidenced by his selection in 'Big V' interstate sides every year between 1932 and 1936. He captained the VFL in 1936. In 1940, after two seasons out of league football, he accepted the position of coach at West Adelaide, steering the side to six wins and a draw from 17 matches (with the draw effectively causing the side to miss the finals). He also made one final senior appearance as a player. Gaudion's last involvement in top level football came in 1956 and 1957 when he coached his former club North Melbourne to twelfth and eighth place finishes. Among his charges in the second of those seasons was his son, Michael Gaudion.

Author - John Devaney

Sources

Full Points Footy Publications

Footnotes

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