|Full name||Alfred Thomas George|
|Date of birth||7 September 1884|
|Place of birth||Mount Egerton|
|Date of death||28 April 1946(aged 61)|
|Place of death||Melbourne|
|Original team||Numurkah / Essendon Association|
|Height/Weight||183 cm / 87 kg|
|Position(s)||Ruck / Defence|
1 Playing statistics correct to end of 1915 season.
Alfred Thomas "Alf" George (7 September 1884 – 28 April 1946) was an Australian rules footballer who played for Melbourne and Essendon in the Victorian Football League (VFL). George was the captain of Melbourne for the 1912 and 1913 seasons. George also served in the Australian Imperial Force (AIF) in World War I.
George was recruited at the beginning of 1906 and he made his VFL debut in round 3 of that year, going on to play 16 games in his first season. George generally played as a ruckman, but could also play in defence and was known for his marking ability. In total, he played 33 games for the Bombers between 1906 and 1909, with his best season for Essendon being his first, where he played in a losing semi final.
After leaving Essendon at the end of 1909, George did not play VFL until he transferred to Melbourne for the 1911 season. He played 12 matches for the season and kicked his first goal in the VFL. Despite only being at Melbourne for one season, George was named the Demons' captain for 1912. He was captain for only two seasons, as he stopped playing at the end of 1913. During his two seasons as captain, Melbourne finished sixth and ninth, respectively. George returned for one final season in 1915, playing 14 games and kicking two goals, as the team again lost in a semi final. While playing with the Demons, George formed a "famous" and "powerful" ruck combination with Hedley Tompkins and Bill Hendrie.
World War I
George worked as an engine driver, both during and after his football career and it was due to this that he enlisted in the AIF on 10 January 1917 in the Railways Unit. At the time of embarkation, George was living in Kensington, Victoria with his wife, Lilla. When George enrolled he was immediately given the rank of sergeant and left Australia, to fight on the Western Front, aboard HMAT A70 Ballarat. George's service was uncontroversial; he was never wounded, nor did he receive any honours or awards. He returned safely to Australia on 19 August 1919, after the conclusion of the war.
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- "DEATH OF FORMER VFL CHAMPION.". The Argus (Melbourne, Vic. : 1848–1954) (Melbourne, Vic.: National Library of Australia). 29 April 1946. p. 14. Retrieved 20 December 2010.
- Main, Jim; Holmesby, Russell (1992). The Encyclopedia of League Footballers. Melbourne, Victoria: Wilkinson Books. p. 144–145. ISBN 1-86337-085-4.
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- Hobbs, Greg (1984). 125 yrs of the Melbourne Demons. Progress Press Group. p. 15. ISBN 0-9590694-0-2.
- "Alfred Thomas GEORGE". The AIF Project. Retrieved 19 December 2010.
- "First World War Embarkation Roll – Alfred Thomas George". Australian War Memorial. Retrieved 19 December 2010.
- Alf George's statistics from AFL Tables
- Alf George's profile on the Official AFL Website of the Essendon Football Club
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