George Bower (footballer)

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George Bower
Personal information
Full name George Buxton Bower
Date of birth 18 June 1884
Date of death 5 February 1964(1964-02-05) (aged 79)
Original team(s) Leopold[1]
Height / weight 175 cm / 75 kg
Playing career1
Years Club Games (Goals)
1909–1914 South Melbourne 75 (11)
1 Playing statistics correct to the end of 1914.
Sources: AFL Tables, AustralianFootball.com

George Buxton Bower (18 June 1884 – 5 February 1964)[2] was an Australian rules footballer who played with South Melbourne in the Victorian Football League (VFL).

When Bower made his debut in round one, 1909, against Geelong, at Corio Oval on 1 May 1909.[1]

He became the second member of his family to play for South Melbourne, with his elder brother Harold having played for the club earlier in the decade.[3]

He was a member of a premiership team in his very first season, playing as a centreman in the 1909 VFL Grand Final.[4][2][5]

In 1912, South Melbourne made another grand final, but Bower didn't play as he had received a four-week suspension in the semi final, for striking Essendon's Fred Baring.[6]

He played his last senior match, against Geelong, on 2 May 1914,[2] in which he was one of the best on the ground.[7]

Bower's career ended when he enlisted to serve his country in World War I.

While in England he did however play some football, taking part in the "Pioneer Exhibition Game", with the Australian Training Units team. During the war he served with the 13th Light Horse Regiment[8]

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