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Key Facts

Full name
Jack Carney

Known as
Jack Carney

22 January 1909

31 October 1981 (aged 72)

Age at first & last AFL game
First game: 21y 101d
Last game: 32y 199d

Height and weight
Height: 160 cm
Weight: 62 kg

Senior clubs
Geelong; Carlton

Jumper numbers
Geelong: 12
Carlton: 7

Recruited from
Colac (1930); Geelong (1936)

Jack Carney

ClubLeagueCareer spanGamesGoalsAvgWin %AKIAHBAMKBV
V/AFL1930-1934, 1936-1941163100.0665%19.633.2242
Total1930-1934, 1936-1941163100.0665%19.633.2242

Pre 1965 stats are for selected matches only

AFL: 3,629th player to appear, 1,051st most games played, 4,911th most goals kickedGeelong: 357th player to appear, 216th most games played, 546th most goals kickedCarlton: 524th player to appear, 214th most games played, 515th most goals kicked

Originally from Colac, Jack Carney was recruited by Geelong in 1930 and made his VFL debut in the opening round of that season against North Melbourne. At just 160cm in height and 54kg, he remains the smallest player ever to represent the Cats at senior level, and indeed was one of the most diminutive men ever to play VFL football, allegedly wearing size three boots. His small stature earned him the nickname of 'Mickey Mouse', and would undoubtedly have been a severe handicap were it not for his boundless courage and superb turn of speed, especially over that vital first three to five metres or so.

Carney played a total of 79 senior games for Geelong, including the winning Grand Final of 1931 against Richmond, when he had 26 telling disposals from centre wing to be one of the most damaging players on view. He crossed to Carlton in 1936, and went on to add a further 84 VFL games to his tally over the ensuing half a dozen seasons. In 1938 he had the satisfaction of playing in a second premiership team when he was on a wing in the Blues' 15 point Grand Final defeat of Collingwood. A regular interstate representative, Jack Carney later served as a Carlton committee man.

Author - John Devaney


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