Don Furness

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Don Furness
Personal information
Date of birth 9 November 1930
Date of death February 2002
Place of death Melbourne
Original team Preston Swimmers
Debut 1949, Fitzroy
Height/Weight 178 cm / 79 kg
Playing career1

Fitzroy (1949–59)

  • 136 games, 43 goals
1 Playing statistics correct to end of 1959 season.
Career highlights


  • Best and Fairest 1953, 1955

Don Furness (born 9 November 1930) 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. Since 2003, the richest and most prestigious 70m sprint event on the professional running calendar was named in his honour. The Don Furness Memorial sprint is held at the St Bernards athletic meet each year (March) and has a handicap limit of 6.0m.

Furness died in February 2002.

See also[edit]

Notable Fitzroy players

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