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Key Facts

Full name
Michael John Grace

Known as
Mick Grace

24 July 1874

Place of birth
Burnley, VIC (3121)

21 May 1912 (aged 37)

Place of death
Heidelberg, VIC (3084)

Age at first & last AFL game
First game: 22y 288d
Last game: 34y 57d

Height and weight
Weight: 78 kg

Senior clubs
Fitzroy; Carlton; St. Kilda

Recruited from
Fitzroy (1903); Brighton (1907); Carlton (1908)

State of origin

Family links
Jim Grace (Brother)

Mick Grace

ClubLeagueCareer spanGamesGoalsAvgWin %AKIAHBAMKBV
St. KildaV/AFL190816261.6350%0
V/AFL1897-1900, 1903-19081672141.2866%0
Total1895-1900, 1903-19082022331.15

AFL: 48th player to appear, 1,019th most games played, 366th most goals kickedFitzroy: 6th player to appear, 185th most games played, 90th most goals kickedCarlton: 150th player to appear, 211th most games played, 65th most goals kickedSt. Kilda: 266th player to appear, 662nd most games played, 242nd most goals kicked

Mick Grace was a bona fide champion with the ability to play equally well both on the ball and as a key position forward. Possessing that special champion's ability of combining overall consistency with enhanced excellence when the stakes are at their highest, such as during finals or interstate games, Grace was best afield for the Maroons in their winning Grand Final of 1898, and also made telling contributions to premiership wins in 1899 (Fitzroy), 1906 and 1907 (both Carlton). He is known to have won at least two club best and fairest awards while with Fitzroy. In 1906 he topped the VFL goal kicking list for the year with 50 goals.

Grace fronted up for Carlton in the 1907 finals series having spent much of the season playing for Brighton. In 1908, his last season at league level, he helped St Kilda to qualify for the VFL major round for only the second time, but was unable to inspire his new team mates to victory against his old in a one-sided semi final that saw the Blues romp home by nearly 10 goals.

Mick Grace moved to New South Wales in 1909, where he continued to play for a time, but in 1912 he contracted tuberculosis, and within a matter of months he was dead.

Author - John Devaney


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