Australian Football Celebrating the history of the great Australian game


Key Facts

Full name
Vincent Gardiner

Known as
Vin Gardiner

23 October 1885

3 October 1972 (aged 86)

Age at first & last AFL game
First game: 19y 307d
Last game: 31y 313d

Height and weight
Height: 167 cm
Weight: 67 kg

Senior clubs
Melbourne; Carlton

Jumper numbers
Carlton: 13

Recruited from
Melbourne (1907)

Family links
Jack Gardiner (Brother)

Vin Gardiner

ClubLeagueCareer spanGamesGoalsAvgWin %AKIAHBAMKBV
V/AFL1905, 1907-19171593412.1470%0
Total1905, 1907-19171593412.1470%0

AFL: 1,093rd player to appear, 1,138th most games played, 147th most goals kickedMelbourne: 142nd player to appear, 1,127th most games played, 1,048th most goals kickedCarlton: 211th player to appear, 70th most games played, 10th most goals kicked

After failing to impress during a brief stint with Melbourne in 1905, Vin Gardiner took a second stab at league football with Carlton a couple of years later. Despite standing only 167cm in height and weighing just 67kg, he quickly showed himself to be a superb key position forward, going on to play a total of 157 games for the Blues over the course of the ensuing eleven seasons including the winning grand final of 1908. He booted a total of 341 goals in his career, topping the VFL list with 46 in 1911, the same year in which he was chosen to represent the Big V at the Adelaide carnival. Many of the spectators who watched him in action during his peak described him as the most prodigious kick of a football for his inches they had ever seen.

Author - John Devaney


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