|Full name||Albert John Gourlay|
|Date of birth||31 July 1881|
|Place of birth||Emerald Hill, Victoria|
|Date of death||1 November 1918(aged 37)|
|Place of death||England|
|Original team(s)||West Melbourne|
1 Playing statistics correct to the end of 1904.
|Sources: AFL Tables, AustralianFootball.com|
Born in Emerald Hill, Gourlay played his early football at West Melbourne before entering the VFL. He played just three games for Melbourne, in the 1903 VFL season and at the end of the year crossed to Carlton. Playing as a defender, Gourlay made three appearances with Carlton and experienced all possible results, a win, draw and a loss.
He later emigrated to New Zealand, where he got married and worked as a canvasser in Wellington. In 1917 he signed up to serve his adopted country in the war and traveled to the United Kingdom with the New Zealand Expeditionary Force. Gourlay fought with the 29th Reinforcements of the Wellington Infantry Regiment, B Company, on the front and suffered serious wounds. He had been taking part in some of the final offensives of the war and his death at a military hospital in England occurred just ten days before the ceasefire.