Don Furness

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For the Australian rugby union player, see Don Furness (rugby union).
Don Furness
Personal information
Date of birth (1930-11-09)9 November 1930
Date of death 21 February 2002(2002-02-21) (aged 71)
Place of death Melbourne
Original team Preston Swimmers
Height/Weight 178 cm / 79 kg
Playing career1
Years Club Games (Goals)
1949–1959 Fitzroy 136 (43)
1 Playing statistics correct to end of 1959 season.
Career highlights

Don Furness (9 November 1930 - 21 February 2002) was an Australian rules footballer who played his entire career with Fitzroy in the VFL during the 1950s. He was a left footer usually played as a centreman or in the wing.

Furness was at his best in the mid-1950s where he won the Best and Fairest twice. He was also a VFL interstate representative.

After leaving Fitzroy, Furness was coach of Port Melbourne (VFA) briefly in the 1960s.

He was also an accomplished professional footrunner with his best win being the 1961 Keilor Gift. Following his death in 2002, the richest and most prestigious 70m sprint event on the professional running calendar was named in his honour. The Don Furness Memorial sprint has been held since 2003 and is held at the Avondale Heights Gift athletic meet each year (February) and has a handicap limit of 6.0m.

Furness died in February 2002.

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