Gerald Brosnan

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Gerald Brosnan
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Personal information
Full name Gerald Brosnan
Date of birth (1877-08-14)14 August 1877
Place of birth Lethbridge, Victoria
Date of death 29 July 1965(1965-07-29) (aged 87)
Place of death Kew, Victoria
Original team(s) Ballarat
Height / weight 175 cm / 76 kg
Position(s) Centre half forward
Playing career1
Years Club Games (Goals)
1900–1909 Fitzroy 131 (160)
Representative team honours
Years Team Games (Goals)
1900–1904 Victoria 3 (8)
Coaching career3
Years Club Games (W–L–D)
1910–1912 University 54 (12–42–0)
1914 University 18 (0–18–0)
1920 Melbourne 16 (5–11–0)
Total 88 (17–71–0)
1 Playing statistics correct to the end of 1909.
2 State and international statistics correct as of 1904.
3 Coaching statistics correct as of 1920.
Career highlights
Sources: AFL Tables,

Gerald Brosnan (14 August 1877 – 29 July 1965[1]) was an Australian rules footballer who played for the Fitzroy Football Club in the early years of the Victorian Football League (VFL). He played as a key position forward and had an accurate left foot kick.

Jeremiah Brosnan was born to Irish immigrants Patrick Brosnan and Ellen Berryman in 1877, however for most his adult life he used the name Gerald.[2]

Brosnan originally tried out with Geelong in 1894 and Essendon in 1895 but was let go by both sides. He then moved to Ballarat Football Club in 1896, playing for them until 1899. Buoyed by his good form for Ballarat, Brosnan decided to make another attempt at a VFL career and joined Fitzroy.[3] Brosnan made his league debut in the 1900 VFL season and in his second season Brosnan won their Leading Goalkicker Award with 33 goals.

Brosnan became club captain in 1903, leading Fitzroy to the 1903 VFL Grand Final, losing by two points. In the dying seconds he had a chance to win the game after marking a pass from teammate Percy Trotter thirty metres out from goal. The final bell rang as he took the kick and he could only manage a behind.

Fitzroy however won premierships in 1904 and 1905, meaning that when Brosnan left the captaincy at the end of the 1905 VFL season he had led the club to the Grand Final in each of his three seasons in charge. Brosnan also captained Victoria in interstate matches before his retirement in 1909.[3]

Brosnan also had three unsuccessful coaching stints; from 1910 to 1912 and 1914 he coached University Football Club for 72 games but only twelve wins, and in 1920, Brosnan coached Melbourne Football Club for five wins in 16 matches.

Following his coaching career Brosnan became a well-known football writer.[3]


  1. ^ "Former VFL star dies;87". The Age. 30 July 1965. 
  2. ^ "Demonwiki - Gerald Brosnan". 
  3. ^ a b c Atkinson, p. 82.


  • Atkinson, G. (1982) Everything you ever wanted to know about Australian rules football but couldn't be bothered asking, The Five Mile Press: Melbourne. ISBN 0 86788 009 0.
  • Donald, Chris (2005). Fitzroy: For the Love of the Jumper. Pan Australia. pp. 34–35. ISBN 9781877029189. 

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