Fred Fanning

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Fred Fanning
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Personal information
Date of birth (1921-11-05)5 November 1921
Date of death 23 May 1993(1993-05-23) (aged 71)
Place of death Geelong, Victoria
Original team(s) Coburg juniors
Height/Weight 193 cm (6'4") / 102 kg
Position(s) Full-forward
Playing career1
Years Club Games (Goals)
1940–1947 Melbourne 104 (411)
1 Playing statistics correct to end of 1947 season.

Fred Fanning (5 November 1921 – 23 May 1993)[1] was an Australian rules footballer who played for Melbourne in the Victorian Football League (VFL).

VFL career[edit]

He was a strongly built forward who stood at 193 cm and weighed 102 kg who topped the VFL's goal kicking charts in 1943 (62 goals), 1944 (87) and 1945 (67).[2]

In September 1939, playing for Melbourne Seconds against Richmond in the Seconds' Grand Final — Melbourne 22.12 (144) to Richmond 17.13 (115) — Fanning kicked 12 goals for the victors.[3]

Fanning made his senior debut in 1940 and played in that year's Grand Final victory over Richmond. Five years later he won Melbourne's best and fairest award.

In round 19, 1947 he kicked 18 goals, 1 point in a game against St Kilda which is a record for most goals in a VFL/AFL match, still standing to this day.[4] This was Fanning's final appearance in a VFL match. He kicked 97 goals for the 1947 season, the highest in his VFL career.


Fanning joined the Hamilton Football Club in the Western District Football League as captain-coach in 1948, after being offered three times the salary he was receiving at Melbourne. This appointment caused a split in the club and the Hamilton Imperials were founded.

Fanning held the Western District record for most goals in a game by kicking 22 against Heywood in 1949. The following year he kicked 20 goals Penshurst. Fanning kicked a Western District record of 151 goals in a season in 1952 . He finished his football career at Coleraine in 1953.


  1. ^ Linnell, Stephen (24 May 1993). "Champion goalkicker Fanning dies at 71". The Sydney Morning Herald. Retrieved 22 May 2012. 
  2. ^ Coleman Medal List
  3. ^ "MELBOURNE WINS.". The Argus (Melbourne, Vic. : 1848 - 1956) (Melbourne, Vic.: National Library of Australia). 29 September 1939. p. 15. Retrieved 27 October 2011. 
  4. ^ 17. FRED FANNING'S 18 GOALS, 1947

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