Australian Football Celebrating the history of the great Australian game


Key Facts

Full name
Frederick Charles Ion

Known as
Fred 'Fat' Ion


23 May 1896

Senior clubs
East Fremantle

Fred 'Fat' Ion

ClubLeagueCareer spanGamesGoalsAvgWin %AKIAHBAMKBV
East FremantleWAFL1915, 1919-192385
Total1915, 1919-192385

Known, unflatteringly but one assumes affectionately, as ‘Fat’, Fred Ion was, needless to say, a footballer of somewhat substantial build. He was also highly effective, and gave East Fremantle 85 games of sterling service in 1915 and from 1919 to 1923. During the early 1920s he was recognised as one of the pre-eminent ruckmen in West Australian football.

'Fat' Ion finished runner-up to West Perth’s Harold Boyd in the 1922 Sandover Medal count, and he was selected to represent the state on three occasions. Included in that tally were both of Western Australia’s matches at the 1921 Perth carnival, during which he applied his strength and weight to telling effect in helping his side to a noteworthy series victory.

Author - John Devaney


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