Les Mogg

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Les Mogg
Personal information
Full name Leslie Thomas Mogg
Date of birth 27 August 1929
Date of death 2 May 2012(2012-05-02) (aged 82)
Place of death Cobram
Original team St Pat's Ballarat[1]
Height/Weight 180 cm / 76 kg
Playing career1
Years Club Games (Goals)
1949–1954 North Melbourne 75 (41)
1 Playing statistics correct to end of 1954 season.

Leslie Thomas "Les" Mogg (27 August 1929 – 2 May 2012)[2] was an Australian rules footballer who played with North Melbourne in the Victorian Football League (VFL).

Mogg came to North Melbourne from Ballarat and was a regular member of the team from the second half of the 1950 season. He was a wingman for North Melbourne in the 1950 VFL Grand Final.[3]

Also used as a half forward flanker during his career, Mogg kicked 16 goals in 1952.[4] Injuries restricted him to just five games in 1953 but he played all but two of North Melbourne's matches the following year.[4]

He left the club after the 1954 season to take up the position of captain-coach for Cobram Football Club in the Murray Football League (MFL).

In 1955, his first season, he led Cobram to a grand final win and captain-coached them to three further premierships, all in succession, from 1959 to 1961.

As a player he had a particularly strong season in 1961, winning the O'Dwyer Medal as the league's "Best and Fairest".[5] He topped the MFL goal-kicking that year as well, with 85 goals. It was the second time he had won the goal-kicking award, which is now named after him, having also kicked a league record 132 goals in 1960, 148 after finals.

He also had the distinction of being the captain-coach of the MFL combined team which upset VFL club St Kilda by 14 points in a 1960 practice match. It is believed to have been the first time since 1914 that a country side had beaten a VFL team.[6]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Holmesby, Russell & Main, Jim (2007). The Encyclopedia Of AFL Footballers. BAS Publishing. ISBN 978-1-920910-78-5. 
  2. ^ Shepparton News,"Murray football great remembered", 7 May 2012
  3. ^ Full Points Footy: Les Mogg (North Melbourne)
  4. ^ a b AFL Tables: Les Mogg
  5. ^ The Age,"Mogg Best in Murray League", 23 August 1961, p. 1
  6. ^ The Age,"Remembering the day Murray league played better than Saints", 23 June 2010, Paul Daffey