Fred Gallagher (footballer)

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Fred Gallagher
Personal information
Full name Fred Gallagher
Date of birth (1931-01-01)1 January 1931
Original team(s) Rosebud
Height 183 cm (6 ft 0 in)
Weight 83 kg (183 lb)
Position(s) Forward
Playing career1
Years Club Games (Goals)
1952–58 Essendon 84 (61)
1 Playing statistics correct to the end of 1958.
Sources: AFL Tables,

Fred Gallagher (born 1 January 1931) is a former Australian rules footballer who played for Essendon in the Victorian Football League (VFL) during the 1950s.


Initially a half forward, Gallagher hailed from Rosebud. His 34 goals in 1957 was enough to top the goal-kicking at Essendon, helped by a haul of 12 goals and four behinds from full-forward in their round eight win over Geelong at Windy Hill. In doing so he joined John Coleman and Ted Freyer as the only players to have kicked 12 goals or more in a game for Essendon. He also booted three majors in the 1957 VFL Grand Final where he was his club's only multiple goal-kicker in a 61-point loss to Melbourne. With his place in the side no longer assured in 1958, Gallagher opted to join New South Wales club Turvey Park as captain-coach.


  • Fred Gallagher's statistics from AFL Tables
  • Holmesby, Russell and Main, Jim (2007). The Encyclopedia of AFL Footballers. 7th ed. Melbourne: Bas Publishing.