Fred McGinis

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Fred McGinis
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Personal information
Full name Alfred Ernest McGinnis
Date of birth 11 November 1874
Place of birth Hobart
Date of death 30 March 1953(1953-03-30) (aged 78)
Place of death Hobart
Original team(s) City (Hobart)
Height / weight 175 cm / 74 kg
Playing career1
Years Club Games (Goals)
1894–1896 Melbourne (VFA) 45 (41)
1897–1901 Melbourne 84 (36)
1 Playing statistics correct to the end of 1901.
Career highlights
Sources: AFL Tables,

Fred McGinis (11 November 1874 in Hobart – 30 March 1953) was an Australian rules footballer who played for the Melbourne Football Club in the Victorian Football Association (VFA) and the Victorian Football League (VFL).

McGinis began his career with Melbourne at the age of nineteen in 1894 in the VFA, and was its leading goalkicker in 1895. A rover, he starred for Melbourne in its debut season in the VFL in 1897. He was a premiership player with Melbourne in 1900.

Vision difficulties forced him out of the game by 1902 and he returned to Tasmania. As he neared total blindness, a match was played for his benefit between combined teams from the VFA and VFL on 4 September 1902; the match, won by the VFL, raised £200. The match was the first time that the two bitter rival football competitions had ever played against each other.[1]

McGinis was regarded as one of the best players of his era, with some contemporaries, including Mick Grace, Jack Leith and George Cathie, naming him as the best overall.[2][3] Although primarily a rover, he could play and succeed at any position on the ground, and was proficient at all skills: accurate kicking, high marking, speed and endurance.[4] McGinis is the first listed inductee in the Tasmanian Football Hall of Fame, his citation describing him as "Tasmania's first true football superstar".[5]


  1. ^ "Football. M'Ginis Benefit Match". The Argus (17,519). Melbourne. 5 September 1902. p. 8. Retrieved 6 September 2016 – via National Library of Australia. 
  2. ^ "The Best Footballer". The Referee (1294). Sydney. 23 August 1911. p. 1. Retrieved 6 September 2016 – via National Library of Australia. 
  3. ^ "Fred McGinis: Most Brilliant Player of All". Sporting Globe (1358). Victoria, Australia. 27 July 1935. p. 7 (Edition2). Retrieved 6 September 2016 – via National Library of Australia. 
  4. ^ "Old-Time Champion Footballers". The Referee (1443). Sydney. 24 June 1914. p. 16. Retrieved 6 September 2016 – via National Library of Australia. 
  5. ^ "1. Fred McGinis". AFL Tasmania. Retrieved 14 July 2016. 
  • Holmesby, Russell and Main, Jim (2007). The Encyclopedia of AFL Footballers. 7th ed. Melbourne: Bas Publishing.

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