Fred Goldsmith (Australian footballer)

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Fred Goldsmith
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Personal information
Date of birth (1932-08-20)20 August 1932
Original team Spotswood (FDFL)
Height/Weight 183cm / 83 kg
Playing career1
Years Club Games (Goals)
1951-1959 South Melbourne 119 (107)
Coaching career
Years Club Games (W–L–D)
1960-1965 Albury (OMFL)
1 Playing statistics correct to end of 1959 season.
Career highlights

Fred Goldsmith (born 20 August 1932) is a former Australian rules footballer who played with South Melbourne in the Victorian Football League.

A fireman, Goldsmith started his career in 1951 as a half forward flanker, having been recruited by South Melbourne from Spotswood.

In 1952, he was shifted to fullback; and, in 1955, he became the first ever (and so far, only) specialist fullback to win the Brownlow Medal.[1]

To the astonishment of all, in 1956, South Melbourne decided to play its 1955 Brownlow medallist fullback at full-forward. He played at full-forward for the remainder of his career. In 1957, he was South Melbourne's leading goalkicker with 43 goals.

He was captain-coach of the Albury Football Club in the Ovens & Murray Football League from 1960 to 1965. In 1966 he played 9 games with Port Melbourne Football Club in the Victorian Football Association.

Goldsmith's 1955 Brownlow Medal attained $43,700 at an auction of sporting memorabilia conducted by Christie's on 17 April 2000.[1]

He was selected as an interchange player in the South Melbourne/Sydney Swans's "Team of the Century"' announced on 8 August 2003.

In a 1958 competition, held at the Lake Oval, Goldsmith kicked a drop kick that travelled 80yds 1 ft (241 ft, 73.46m).[2]


  1. ^ Jim Main, Aussie Rules: For Dummies (2nd edition, 2008) p 72.