George Cochrane (footballer)
|Full name||George Cochrane|
|Date of birth||25 September 1877|
|Date of death||31 December 1914(aged 37)|
|Original team(s)||Wesley College|
|1897, 1901–1904||Essendon||22 (4)|
1 Playing statistics correct to the end of 1904.
|Sources: AFL Tables, AustralianFootball.com|
George Cochrane (25 September 1877 – 31 December 1914) was an Australian rules footballer who played for the Essendon Football Club in the Victorian Football League (VFL). In the first year of competition, he became one of the club's and leagues first premiership players, during the 1897 VFL season, under the captaincy of George Stuckey. Cochrane made his debut against Collingwood in one of the finals of the season, at the Melbourne Cricket Ground. He left the club at the end of the season to fight in the Boer War, before returning in 1901 to play 20 more games over four seasons.
He committed suicide by hanging on 31 December 1914.
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