George Sparrow

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George Sparrow
George Sparrow 1895.jpg
George Sparrow, 1895
Personal information
Full name George Stephen Sparrow
Date of birth 20 November 1869
Date of death 6 April 1933(1933-04-06) (aged 63)[1]
Original team Richmond (VFA)
Playing career1
Years Club Games (Goals)
South Melbourne
St Kilda
14 (2)
11 (0)
25 (2)
Coaching career
Years Club Games (W–L–D)
1913, 1920, 1928-29 St Kilda 63 (37-26-0)
1 Playing statistics correct to end of 1929 season.

George Stephen Sparrow (20 November 1869 – 6 April 1933)[2] was an Australian rules footballer who played with South Melbourne and both played for and coached St Kilda in the Victorian Football League (VFL).

Nicknamed 'Sugar', Sparrow began his career in the Victorian Football Association where he donned the Richmond colours. He joined the VFL in its second season and represented South Melbourne before switching to St Kilda the following year.

After retiring, Sparrow turned to coaching and was appointed senior coach of St Kilda in 1913. He steered the club to their first ever Grand Final appearance that season but the Saints lost the decider to Fitzroy. Sparrow didn't coach again until 1920 but he couldn't repeat the success of 1913, and the club finished with the wooden spoon. He returned again in 1928, this time for a two-season stint, and in 1929 coached St Kilda to the semifinals.


  1. ^ "FOOTBALL.". The Mercury (Hobart, Tas. : 1860 - 1954) (Hobart, Tas.: National Library of Australia). 10 April 1933. p. 2. Retrieved 16 September 2014. 
  2. ^ "Family Notices.". The Argus (Melbourne, Vic. : 1848 - 1957) (Melbourne, Vic.: National Library of Australia). 7 April 1933. p. 1. Retrieved 16 September 2014. 
  • George Sparrow's statistics from AFL Tables
  • Holmesby, Russell and Main, Jim (2007). The Encyclopedia of AFL Footballers. 7th ed. Melbourne: Bas Publishing.