Fred Payne (footballer)
|Full name||Fred R. Payne|
|Date of birth||4 February 1927|
|Height/Weight||182 cm / 76 kg|
1 Playing statistics correct to end of 1953 season.
Payne experienced victory in the first 14 senior games that he played, but being part of a strong Essendon squad also meant it was difficult to command regular selection and he missed out on playing in their 1949 and 1950 premiership teams. He played as both a follower and forward during his career.
Originally from Ardmona, he made 16 appearances for Essendon in 1951. Payne missed both the semi final and preliminary final with a thigh injury, but was named on the bench for the 1951 VFL Grand Final. He would end up starting the game in the forward pocket, after Essendon player John Gill had to withdraw.