Gerry Donnelly

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Gerry Donnelly
Personal information
Full name Gerald Donnelly
Date of birth (1903-08-07)7 August 1903
Date of death 4 September 1937(1937-09-04) (aged 34)
Original team St Patricks, Albury
Height/Weight 183 cm / 80 kg
Position(s) Wingman
Playing career1
Years Club Games (Goals)
1926, 1930
North Melbourne
12 (4)
14 (5)
03 (0)
27 (9)
Coaching career
Years Club Games (W–L–D)
1926 North Melbourne 14 (0-13-1)
1 Playing statistics correct to end of 1930 season.

Gerald 'Gerry' Donnelly (7 August 1903 - 4 September 1937) was an Australian rules footballer who played for Melbourne, North Melbourne and Essendon in the Victorian Football League (VFL).

Wingman Gerry Donnelly started his career at Melbourne in 1925 and was good enough that year to represent the Victorian interstate team. Towards the end of the season he had his playing permit cancelled after it was decided by the League Investigations Committee that he was residentially bound to North Melbourne.[1]

As a result he crossed to North Melbourne in 1926 and captain-coached the club for 14 games that year.[2] Although he failed to register a win he did lead North Melbourne to a controversial draw with Hawthorn in Round 13. Hawthorn were leading by a point when the bell sounded but Donnelly, who was running with the ball at the time, kicked a behind to level the scores. As the umpires had not heard the bell the point stood.

He died from illness in Melbourne on 4 September 1937, aged 34.[3]


  1. ^ Atkinson, Graeme (1989). 3AW Book of Footy Records. South Melbourne,: Magistra Publishing Company Pty Ltd. p. 278. ISBN 1863210091. .
  2. ^ Holmesby, Russell & Main, Jim (2007). The Encyclopedia Of AFL Footballers. BAS Publishing. ISBN 9781920910785. 
  3. ^ "DEATH OF GERALD DONNELLY.". Albury Banner and Wodonga Express (NSW : 1896 - 1938) (NSW: National Library of Australia). 10 September 1937. p. 12. Retrieved 10 February 2014. 

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