Alf George

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Alf George
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Personal information
Full name Alfred Thomas George
Nickname(s) Alf
Date of birth 7 September 1884
Place of birth Mount Egerton
Date of death 28 April 1946(1946-04-28) (aged 61)
Place of death Melbourne
Original team(s) Numurkah / Essendon Association
Height / weight 183 cm / 87 kg
Position(s) Ruck, defender
Playing career1
Years Club Games (Goals)
1906–1909 Essendon 33 0(0)
1911–1913, 1915 Melbourne 55 (12)
Total 88 (12)
1 Playing statistics correct to the end of 1915.
Career highlights
Sources: AFL Tables, AustralianFootball.com

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.

Early life[edit]

George was born in Mount Egerton[1] on 7 September 1884. He played football for Seymour,[2] Numurkah and, finally, Essendon Association, before being recruited to play for Essendon.[3]

Football career[edit]

Essendon[edit]

George was recruited at the beginning of 1906[2] 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 Essendon between 1906 and 1909,[3] with his best season for Essendon being his first, where he played in a losing semi final.

Melbourne[edit]

After leaving Essendon at the end of 1909, George did not play in the VFL again until he transferred to Melbourne for the 1911 season.[3] 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 Melbourne's captain for 1912.[3] He was captain for two seasons,[4] and he left the club at the end of 1913. During his two seasons as captain, Melbourne finished sixth and ninth. George returned for one final season in 1915, playing 14 games and kicking two goals; the team concluded the year by losing in a semi final. While playing with Melbourne, George formed a "famous" and "powerful" ruck combination with Hedley Tomkins and Bill Hendrie.[2][5]

Prahran[edit]

After ending his VFL career with Melbourne, George played in the Victorian Football Association (VFA) with Prahran Football Club.

World War I[edit]

George worked as an engine driver,[6] both during and after his football career. Due to this background, he enlisted in the Railways Unit of the Australian Imperial Force (AIF) on 10 January 1917.[2] When George enrolled he was immediately given the rank of sergeant and left Australia, to fight on the Western Front, aboard HMAT A70 Ballarat.[7] At the time of embarkation, George was living in Kensington, Victoria with his wife, Lilla.[6] 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.[6]

Later life[edit]

George died on 28 April 1946 after a long illness. His obituary in The Argus described him as a "champion footballer" who was a "well-known follower in the decade preceding the First World War".[2]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Item details for: B2455, GEORGE A T". National Archives of Australia. Retrieved 19 December 2010. 
  2. ^ a b c d e "Death of former VFL champion". The Argus. 29 April 1946. p. 14. Retrieved 20 December 2010. 
  3. ^ a b c d Main, Jim; Holmesby, Russell (1992). The Encyclopedia of League Footballers. Melbourne, Victoria: Wilkinson Books. p. 144–145. ISBN 1-86337-085-4.
  4. ^ "Melbourne FC Honour Roll". Melbourne Football Club. 17 August 2005. Retrieved 19 December 2010. 
  5. ^ Hobbs, Greg (1984). 125 yrs of the Melbourne Demons. Progress Press Group. p. 15. ISBN 0-9590694-0-2. 
  6. ^ a b c "Alfred Thomas GEORGE". The AIF Project. Retrieved 19 December 2010. 
  7. ^ "First World War Embarkation Roll – Alfred Thomas George". Australian War Memorial. Retrieved 19 December 2010. 

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