6 September 1903
1 December 1968 (aged 65)
Age at first & last AFL game
First game: 25y 233d
Last game: 31y 282d
Height and weight
Height: 183 cm
Weight: 90 kg
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Pre 1965 stats are for selected matches only
AFL: 3,504th player to appear, 2,272nd most games played, 2,957th most goals kickedFitzroy: 372nd player to appear, 212th most games played, 270th most goals kickedMelbourne: 511th player to appear, 360th most games played, 372nd most goals kicked
Originally from Ballarat Football League side Maryborough, where he claimed considerable fame as an outstanding talent, Colin Niven joined Fitzroy in 1929 and provided strong service, mainly as a follower, in 59 VFL games over the course of the next four seasons.
Pacy and rugged, he combined aerial prowess with long, accurate kicking, attributes which remained very much at the forefront of his game when he moved to Melbourne in 1933. Niven spent the final three seasons of his league career with the Fuchsias, the last two as captain, and added a further 44 VFL games to his tally. All told he booted 29 goals, 16 with the Roys, and 13 for Melbourne.
Author - John Devaney