Don Balfour

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Don Balfour
Personal information
Full name Donald Balfour
Date of birth 11 November 1918
Date of death 21 April 2008(2008-04-21) (aged 89)
Original team(s) Gold Street P.S
Height 175 cm (5 ft 9 in)
Weight 73 kg (161 lb)
Playing career1
Years Club Games (Goals)
1938–1945 Collingwood 71 (29)
1945–1946 Richmond 08 0(1)
Total 79 (30)
1 Playing statistics correct to the end of 1946.
Sources: AFL Tables, AustralianFootball.com

Don Balfour (11 November 1918 – 21 April 2008)[1] was an Australian rules footballer who played with Collingwood and Richmond in the Victorian Football League (VFL).

Balfour made grand final appearances in each of his first two seasons and finished on the losing team in both.[2] A defender, he was in back pocket for the 1938 VFL Grand Final and on a half back flank in the 1939 Grand Final. His participation was limited during the war, he played just two games in 1941 and didn't play any senior football in 1942.[3]

He spent the second half of the 1945 season at Richmond and remained with the club in 1946. The following year he was captain-coach of Launceston club City in the Northern Tasmanian Football Association and guided them to the grand final, but again suffered defeat.[4]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Don Balfour". Collingwood Forever. Retrieved 27 August 2014. 
  2. ^ Holmesby, Russell; Main, Jim (2007). The Encyclopedia Of AFL Footballers. BAS Publishing. ISBN 978-1-920910-78-5. 
  3. ^ AFL Tables: Don Balfour
  4. ^ The Mercury,"City's New Coach", 4 June 1947, p. 26