George S. Johnson
|George 'Mallee' Johnson|
Johnson in 1910
|Full name||George Sidney Johnson|
|Date of birth||31 May 1879|
|Place of birth||Fitzroy, Victoria|
|Date of death||5 September 1948(aged 69)|
|Place of death||Melbourne, Victoria|
|Original team(s)||Richmond (VFA)|
Round 1, 6 May 1905, Carlton|
vs. Essendon, at Princes Park
|Height||179 cm (5 ft 10 in)|
|Weight||80 kg (176 lb)|
1 Playing statistics correct to the end of 1909.
|Sources: AFL Tables, AustralianFootball.com|
Commencing at Richmond in the VFA in 1901, 'Mallee' Johnson became "a folk hero to the club ... the first of the super-heroes". By 1902 he was the dominant big man in the competition and an integral part of Richmond winning their first premiership.
He left Punt Road for the VFL prior to the 1905 season and in his five seasons at Carlton the team played in the finals every year, winning the premiership in 1906, 1907 and 1908. Johnson represented the VFL at the 1908 Melbourne Carnival.
When legendary Carlton coach Jack Worrall was pressured into resigning in 1909, Johnson was one of the players who chose to leave the club at the end of the season. He went back to the VFA and played in North Melbourne's 1910 premiership side and later with Melbourne City, where he was the inaugural captain, and Prahran.
- Hansen, B (1989). Tigerland - The History of the Richmond Football Club From 1885. Melbourne: Richmond Former Players and Officials Assoc. p. 25.
- Holmesby, R. and Main, J. The Encyclopedia of AFL Footballers - Sixth Edition, BAS Publishing, Melbourne 2005
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