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Gordon Coventry

Gordon Coventry

1920-1937
7
Other Guernsey Nos.
10, 22, 29, 3, 5, 6, 8, 9

306CFC Games Played

1299CFC Goals

Date of Birth
25 September 1901
Date of Death
7 November 1968
Recruited From
Diamond Creek
Collingwood Debut
Round 15, 1920
Height:
183cm
Weight:
86kg

Biography

One of the greatest goalkickers in League football, Coventry held the record of most career goals – an incredible 1,299 – for six decades until surpassed by Tony Lockett.

Coventry, nicknamed “Nuts”, was a champion centre half-forward with Diamond Creek and was invited to play with the senior Collingwood side on his performances in the Heidelberg League.

Coventry went on to rewrite the record books. He was the first man to kick 100 goals in a season (124 goals in 1929), was the first VFL player to notch 300 senior games and kicked a record 50 goals or more in 13 successive seasons.

Strong and a superb mark, Coventry was the perfect full-forward for great Collingwood teams and used strength rather than speed to win the ball. He once kicked 17 goals in a match (against Fitzroy in 1930). This was a League record until broken by Melbourne’s Fred Fanning against St Kilda in 1947.

Idolised by Magpie fans, Coventry topped the club’s goalkicking every year from 1922-37 and was leading League goalkicker every season from 1926-30 and in 1937 (level with J. Metherell). He represented Victoria 25 times (for 100 goals) and played in five Collingwood premiership sides – 1927, 1928, 1929, 1930 amd 1935. Coventry missed the 1936 grand final triumph because of an eight-match suspension after being found guilty of striking Richmond’s Joe Murdoch.

He played in that match against Richmond with a crop of boils on his neck and retaliated when Murdoch struck him on the neck.

He won Collingwood’s best and fairest in 1933 and then retired at the end of the 1937 season and coached in the amateurs.

Coventry was not particularly fast and was not showy, yet kept kicking goals. Once he secured front position, he virtually was guaranteed possession of the ball.

He played in a favorite pair of old boots for many years and this brought jeers from rival fans, but Magpie fans adored him.

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Statistics

CFC Career Stats

Season played Games Goals Finals Win %
1920-1937 306 1302 31 71%

CFC Season by Season Stats

Season GP GL B K H T D Guernsey No.
1920 5 13 29

1920 Season stats

Hide Season
RD VS Result GL B K H T D Guernsey No. Match Report
Round 15 St Kilda W 1 29 View match >
Round 18 Sydney W 3 29 View match >
Semi Final Fitzroy W 1 29 View match >
Preliminary Final Carlton W 5 29 View match >
Grand Final Richmond L 3 29 View match >
Legend
  • # Guernsey
  • GL Goals
  • B Behinds
  • K Kicks
  • H Handballs
  • D Disposals
  • M Marks
  • T Tackles
*Player goal statistics included VFA (Victorian Football Association) results.
1921 11 19 5

1921 Season stats

Hide Season
RD VS Result GL B K H T D Guernsey No. Match Report
Round 1 Fitzroy W 1 5 View match >
Round 2 Melbourne W 1 5 View match >
Round 3 Geelong W 3 5 View match >
Round 4 Essendon W 5 View match >
Round 5 Richmond L 1 5 View match >
Round 6 Sydney W 2 5 View match >
Round 7 St Kilda W 5 5 View match >
Round 9 Carlton L 4 5 View match >
Round 10 Fitzroy L 5 View match >
Round 12 Geelong L 1 5 View match >
Semi Final Carlton L 1 5 View match >
Legend
  • # Guernsey
  • GL Goals
  • B Behinds
  • K Kicks
  • H Handballs
  • D Disposals
  • M Marks
  • T Tackles
*Player goal statistics included VFA (Victorian Football Association) results.
1922 18 44 5, 22

1922 Season stats

Hide Season
RD VS Result GL B K H T D Guernsey No. Match Report
Round 1 Richmond L 3 5 View match >
Round 2 Sydney L 4 5 View match >
Round 3 Carlton W 4 5 View match >
Round 5 St Kilda W 3 5 View match >
Round 6 Geelong W 7 5 View match >
Round 7 Fitzroy W 3 5 View match >
Round 8 Melbourne L 2 5 View match >
Round 9 Essendon W 1 5 View match >
Round 10 Richmond W 1 5 View match >
Round 11 Sydney W 1 5 View match >
Round 12 Carlton L 5 View match >
Round 14 St Kilda W 3 5 View match >
Round 15 Geelong W 1 5 View match >
Round 16 Fitzroy W 3 5 View match >
Round 17 Melbourne W 3 5 View match >
Round 18 Essendon W 1 5 View match >
Semi Final Fitzroy L 1 22 View match >
Grand Final Fitzroy L 3 5 View match >
Legend
  • # Guernsey
  • GL Goals
  • B Behinds
  • K Kicks
  • H Handballs
  • D Disposals
  • M Marks
  • T Tackles
*Player goal statistics included VFA (Victorian Football Association) results.
1923 13 36 5

1923 Season stats

Hide Season
RD VS Result GL B K H T D Guernsey No. Match Report
Round 1 Sydney W 3 5 View match >
Round 2 Essendon L 3 5 View match >
Round 3 St Kilda L 2 5 View match >
Round 4 Geelong W 2 5 View match >
Round 5 Richmond W 2 5 View match >
Round 7 Carlton W 2 5 View match >
Round 8 Fitzroy L 1 5 View match >
Round 9 Melbourne W 4 5 View match >
Round 10 Sydney L 2 5 View match >
Round 14 Richmond L 1 5 View match >
Round 16 Carlton D 2 5 View match >
Round 17 Fitzroy W 7 5 View match >
Round 18 Melbourne W 5 5 View match >
Legend
  • # Guernsey
  • GL Goals
  • B Behinds
  • K Kicks
  • H Handballs
  • D Disposals
  • M Marks
  • T Tackles
*Player goal statistics included VFA (Victorian Football Association) results.
1924 14 28 6

1924 Season stats

Hide Season
RD VS Result GL B K H T D Guernsey No. Match Report
Round 1 Essendon W 1 6 View match >
Round 2 St Kilda W 3 6 View match >
Round 5 Carlton W 7 6 View match >
Round 6 Sydney L 3 6 View match >
Round 7 Geelong L 2 6 View match >
Round 8 Richmond L 4 6 View match >
Round 9 Fitzroy L 6 View match >
Round 10 Essendon L 6 View match >
Round 11 St Kilda L 6 View match >
Round 12 Melbourne W 4 6 View match >
Round 14 Carlton W 2 6 View match >
Round 15 Sydney W 1 6 View match >
Round 16 Geelong L 6 View match >
Round 17 Richmond L 1 6 View match >
Legend
  • # Guernsey
  • GL Goals
  • B Behinds
  • K Kicks
  • H Handballs
  • D Disposals
  • M Marks
  • T Tackles
*Player goal statistics included VFA (Victorian Football Association) results.
1925 18 68 7 6

1925 Season stats

Hide Season
RD VS Result GL B K H T D Guernsey No. Match Report
Round 1 Essendon L 2 6 View match >
Round 4 Geelong L 2 6 View match >
Round 5 Fitzroy W 2 6 View match >
Round 6 Sydney W 6 6 View match >
Round 7 St Kilda L 1 6 View match >
Round 8 Carlton W 2 6 View match >
Round 9 Richmond W 4 6 View match >
Round 10 Western Bulldogs W 5 6 View match >
Round 11 North Melbourne W 5 6 View match >
Round 12 Essendon W 9 6 View match >
Round 13 Melbourne W 2 6 View match >
Round 14 Hawthorn W 5 6 View match >
Round 15 Geelong L 2 6 View match >
Round 16 Fitzroy L 5 6 View match >
Round 17 Sydney W 6 6 View match >
Semi Final Essendon W 5 6 View match >
Preliminary Final Melbourne W 5 6 View match >
Grand Final Geelong L 0 7 6 View match >
Legend
  • # Guernsey
  • GL Goals
  • B Behinds
  • K Kicks
  • H Handballs
  • D Disposals
  • M Marks
  • T Tackles
*Player goal statistics included VFA (Victorian Football Association) results.
1926 20 83 10

1926 Season stats

Hide Season
RD VS Result GL B K H T D Guernsey No. Match Report
Round 1 Fitzroy W 3 10 View match >
Round 2 Essendon L 10 View match >
Round 3 Hawthorn W 7 10 View match >
Round 4 Melbourne W 7 10 View match >
Round 5 Geelong W 3 10 View match >
Round 6 Sydney W 5 10 View match >
Round 7 St Kilda W 1 10 View match >
Round 8 Western Bulldogs W 11 10 View match >
Round 9 Carlton L 2 10 View match >
Round 10 North Melbourne W 4 10 View match >
Round 11 Richmond W 8 10 View match >
Round 12 Fitzroy W 6 10 View match >
Round 13 Essendon W 2 10 View match >
Round 14 Hawthorn W 9 10 View match >
Round 15 Melbourne W 3 10 View match >
Round 16 Geelong L 1 10 View match >
Round 17 Sydney W 1 10 View match >
Round 18 Carlton W 5 10 View match >
Semi Final Melbourne L 3 10 View match >
Grand Final Melbourne L 2 10 View match >
Legend
  • # Guernsey
  • GL Goals
  • B Behinds
  • K Kicks
  • H Handballs
  • D Disposals
  • M Marks
  • T Tackles
*Player goal statistics included VFA (Victorian Football Association) results.
1927 20 98 2 7

1927 Season stats

Hide Season
RD VS Result GL B K H T D Guernsey No. Match Report
Round 1 Geelong W 8 7 View match >
Round 2 Hawthorn W 4 7 View match >
Round 3 Richmond L 4 7 View match >
Round 4 Sydney W 4 7 View match >
Round 5 Fitzroy W 11 2 7 View match >
Round 6 Essendon W 2 7 View match >
Round 7 St Kilda W 11 7 View match >
Round 8 Western Bulldogs W 4 7 View match >
Round 9 Carlton L 4 7 View match >
Round 10 North Melbourne W 3 7 View match >
Round 11 Melbourne W 5 7 View match >
Round 12 Geelong W 4 7 View match >
Round 13 Hawthorn W 8 7 View match >
Round 14 Richmond W 1 7 View match >
Round 15 Sydney W 6 7 View match >
Round 16 Fitzroy L 4 7 View match >
Round 17 Essendon W 1 7 View match >
Round 18 North Melbourne W 5 7 View match >
Semi Final Geelong W 7 7 View match >
Grand Final Richmond W 2 7 View match >
Legend
  • # Guernsey
  • GL Goals
  • B Behinds
  • K Kicks
  • H Handballs
  • D Disposals
  • M Marks
  • T Tackles
*Player goal statistics included VFA (Victorian Football Association) results.
1928 20 89 7

1928 Season stats

Hide Season
RD VS Result GL B K H T D Guernsey No. Match Report
Round 1 Geelong W 6 7 View match >
Round 2 Fitzroy W 9 7 View match >
Round 3 Richmond L 4 7 View match >
Round 4 Hawthorn W 5 7 View match >
Round 5 St Kilda W 9 7 View match >
Round 6 North Melbourne W 6 7 View match >
Round 7 Carlton W 4 7 View match >
Round 8 Sydney W 5 7 View match >
Round 9 Melbourne W 1 7 View match >
Round 10 Western Bulldogs W 3 7 View match >
Round 11 Essendon W 6 7 View match >
Round 12 Geelong L 3 7 View match >
Round 13 Fitzroy W 4 7 View match >
Round 14 Richmond W 3 7 View match >
Round 15 Hawthorn W 8 7 View match >
Round 17 North Melbourne W 7 View match >
Round 18 Carlton L 2 7 View match >
Semi Final Melbourne D 2 7 View match >
Semi Final Melbourne W 7 View match >
Grand Final Richmond W 9 7 View match >
Legend
  • # Guernsey
  • GL Goals
  • B Behinds
  • K Kicks
  • H Handballs
  • D Disposals
  • M Marks
  • T Tackles
*Player goal statistics included VFA (Victorian Football Association) results.
1929 20 124 14 7

1929 Season stats

Hide Season
RD VS Result GL B K H T D Guernsey No. Match Report
Round 1 Richmond W 6 7 View match >
Round 2 Hawthorn W 6 7 View match >
Round 3 Sydney W 11 9 7 View match >
Round 4 Geelong W 2 7 View match >
Round 5 Fitzroy W 6 7 View match >
Round 6 North Melbourne W 8 7 View match >
Round 7 Melbourne W 4 7 View match >
Round 8 St Kilda W 3 7 View match >
Round 9 Western Bulldogs W 8 7 View match >
Round 10 Carlton W 7 7 View match >
Round 11 Essendon W 7 7 View match >
Round 12 Richmond W 7 7 View match >
Round 13 Hawthorn W 16 5 7 View match >
Round 14 Sydney W 4 7 View match >
Round 15 Geelong W 4 7 View match >
Round 16 Fitzroy W 7 7 View match >
Round 17 North Melbourne W 10 7 View match >
Round 18 Melbourne W 2 7 View match >
Semi Final Richmond L 4 7 View match >
Grand Final Richmond W 2 7 View match >
Legend
  • # Guernsey
  • GL Goals
  • B Behinds
  • K Kicks
  • H Handballs
  • D Disposals
  • M Marks
  • T Tackles
*Player goal statistics included VFA (Victorian Football Association) results.
1930 21 118 4 8

1930 Season stats

Hide Season
RD VS Result GL B K H T D Guernsey No. Match Report
Round 1 Richmond W 3 8 View match >
Round 2 Hawthorn W 5 8 View match >
Round 3 Sydney W 7 8 View match >
Round 4 Geelong L 2 8 View match >
Round 5 Fitzroy L 4 8 View match >
Round 6 North Melbourne W 6 8 View match >
Round 7 Melbourne W 3 8 View match >
Round 8 St Kilda W 5 8 View match >
Round 9 Western Bulldogs W 9 8 View match >
Round 10 Carlton L 4 8 View match >
Round 11 Essendon W 7 8 View match >
Round 12 Fitzroy W 17 4 8 View match >
Round 13 North Melbourne W 7 8 View match >
Round 14 Melbourne W 5 8 View match >
Round 15 St Kilda W 6 8 View match >
Round 16 Western Bulldogs W 6 8 View match >
Round 17 Carlton W 6 8 View match >
Round 18 Essendon W 3 8 View match >
Semi Final Richmond W 3 8 View match >
Preliminary Final Geelong L 3 8 View match >
Grand Final Geelong W 7 8 View match >
Legend
  • # Guernsey
  • GL Goals
  • B Behinds
  • K Kicks
  • H Handballs
  • D Disposals
  • M Marks
  • T Tackles
*Player goal statistics included VFA (Victorian Football Association) results.
1931 18 67 4 8

1931 Season stats

Hide Season
RD VS Result GL B K H T D Guernsey No. Match Report
Round 1 Geelong W 4 8 View match >
Round 2 Hawthorn W 1 8 View match >
Round 3 Sydney W 5 8 View match >
Round 4 Richmond L 2 8 View match >
Round 5 Carlton L 5 8 View match >
Round 6 St Kilda W 1 8 View match >
Round 7 Melbourne W 1 8 View match >
Round 8 North Melbourne W 7 8 View match >
Round 10 Essendon L 2 8 View match >
Round 11 Fitzroy W 4 8 View match >
Round 12 Geelong L 8 View match >
Round 13 Hawthorn W 8 8 View match >
Round 14 Sydney W 3 8 View match >
Round 15 Richmond L 1 8 View match >
Round 16 Carlton W 7 3 8 View match >
Round 17 St Kilda L 11 1 8 View match >
Round 18 Melbourne W 5 8 View match >
Semi Final Carlton L 8 View match >
Legend
  • # Guernsey
  • GL Goals
  • B Behinds
  • K Kicks
  • H Handballs
  • D Disposals
  • M Marks
  • T Tackles
*Player goal statistics included VFA (Victorian Football Association) results.
1932 19 82 5 7

1932 Season stats

Hide Season
RD VS Result GL B K H T D Guernsey No. Match Report
Round 1 Hawthorn W 7 7 View match >
Round 2 Geelong L 5 7 View match >
Round 3 Essendon W 7 3 7 View match >
Round 5 Carlton L 4 7 View match >
Round 6 Western Bulldogs W 6 7 View match >
Round 7 Melbourne W 6 7 View match >
Round 8 St Kilda W 5 7 View match >
Round 9 North Melbourne W 7 2 7 View match >
Round 10 Richmond W 3 7 View match >
Round 11 Sydney W 1 7 View match >
Round 12 Hawthorn W 3 7 View match >
Round 13 Geelong L 3 7 View match >
Round 14 Essendon W 2 7 View match >
Round 15 Fitzroy W 4 7 View match >
Round 16 Carlton L 1 7 View match >
Round 17 Western Bulldogs W 3 7 View match >
Round 18 Melbourne W 4 7 View match >
Semi Final Sydney W 5 7 View match >
Preliminary Final Carlton L 6 7 View match >
Legend
  • # Guernsey
  • GL Goals
  • B Behinds
  • K Kicks
  • H Handballs
  • D Disposals
  • M Marks
  • T Tackles
*Player goal statistics included VFA (Victorian Football Association) results.
1933 17 108 29 5

1933 Season stats

Hide Season
RD VS Result GL B K H T D Guernsey No. Match Report
Round 1 Geelong W 7 3 5 View match >
Round 2 Fitzroy L 2 5 View match >
Round 3 Sydney W 2 5 View match >
Round 4 Richmond L 4 5 View match >
Round 5 Carlton W 8 1 5 View match >
Round 6 North Melbourne L 6 5 View match >
Round 7 Melbourne W 8 7 5 View match >
Round 8 St Kilda W 5 5 View match >
Round 9 Western Bulldogs L 3 5 View match >
Round 10 Hawthorn W 9 2 5 View match >
Round 11 Essendon W 15 8 5 View match >
Round 12 Geelong L 6 5 View match >
Round 13 Fitzroy L 4 5 View match >
Round 14 Sydney L 2 5 View match >
Round 16 Carlton W 8 2 5 View match >
Round 17 North Melbourne W 9 6 5 View match >
Round 18 Melbourne W 10 5 View match >
Legend
  • # Guernsey
  • GL Goals
  • B Behinds
  • K Kicks
  • H Handballs
  • D Disposals
  • M Marks
  • T Tackles
*Player goal statistics included VFA (Victorian Football Association) results.
1934 19 105 25 3

1934 Season stats

Hide Season
RD VS Result GL B K H T D Guernsey No. Match Report
Round 1 Sydney L 8 5 3 View match >
Round 2 Essendon W 5 3 View match >
Round 3 Hawthorn W 6 3 View match >
Round 4 Richmond W 5 3 View match >
Round 5 Geelong D 4 3 View match >
Round 6 Fitzroy W 3 3 View match >
Round 7 North Melbourne W 7 3 View match >
Round 8 St Kilda W 5 3 View match >
Round 9 Melbourne W 2 3 View match >
Round 10 Carlton W 6 3 View match >
Round 11 Western Bulldogs W 7 3 3 View match >
Round 12 Sydney L 7 6 3 View match >
Round 13 Essendon W 8 6 3 View match >
Round 14 Hawthorn W 14 5 3 View match >
Round 15 Richmond L 2 3 View match >
Round 16 Geelong L 3 3 View match >
Round 17 Fitzroy W 5 3 View match >
Round 18 North Melbourne W 3 3 View match >
Semi Final Sydney L 5 3 View match >
Legend
  • # Guernsey
  • GL Goals
  • B Behinds
  • K Kicks
  • H Handballs
  • D Disposals
  • M Marks
  • T Tackles
*Player goal statistics included VFA (Victorian Football Association) results.
1935 21 88 3 9

1935 Season stats

Hide Season
RD VS Result GL B K H T D Guernsey No. Match Report
Round 1 Sydney W 3 9 View match >
Round 2 Fitzroy D 4 9 View match >
Round 3 Essendon W 2 0 9 View match >
Round 4 Geelong W 7 9 View match >
Round 5 Melbourne W 4 9 View match >
Round 6 Western Bulldogs W 9 3 9 View match >
Round 7 St Kilda W 5 9 View match >
Round 8 North Melbourne W 2 9 View match >
Round 9 Carlton L 2 9 View match >
Round 10 Richmond W 1 9 View match >
Round 11 Hawthorn W 4 9 View match >
Round 12 Sydney L 3 9 View match >
Round 13 Fitzroy W 3 9 View match >
Round 15 Geelong W 9 9 View match >
Round 14 Essendon W 8 9 View match >
Round 16 Melbourne D 3 9 View match >
Round 17 Western Bulldogs W 5 9 View match >
Round 18 St Kilda W 3 9 View match >
Semi Final Sydney L 3 9 View match >
Preliminary Final Richmond W 4 9 View match >
Grand Final Sydney W 4 9 View match >
Legend
  • # Guernsey
  • GL Goals
  • B Behinds
  • K Kicks
  • H Handballs
  • D Disposals
  • M Marks
  • T Tackles
*Player goal statistics included VFA (Victorian Football Association) results.
1936 13 60 6

1936 Season stats

Hide Season
RD VS Result GL B K H T D Guernsey No. Match Report
Round 1 Hawthorn W 3 6 View match >
Round 2 Richmond W 8 6 View match >
Round 3 Fitzroy W 8 6 View match >
Round 4 Essendon W 6 6 View match >
Round 5 St Kilda W 6 6 View match >
Round 6 Carlton W 2 6 View match >
Round 7 Melbourne W 4 6 View match >
Round 8 Western Bulldogs W 4 6 View match >
Round 9 North Melbourne W 5 6 View match >
Round 10 Sydney L 3 6 View match >
Round 11 Geelong L 1 6 View match >
Round 12 Hawthorn W 5 6 View match >
Round 13 Richmond W 5 6 View match >
Legend
  • # Guernsey
  • GL Goals
  • B Behinds
  • K Kicks
  • H Handballs
  • D Disposals
  • M Marks
  • T Tackles
*Player goal statistics included VFA (Victorian Football Association) results.
1937 19 72 7 8

1937 Season stats

Hide Season
RD VS Result GL B K H T D Guernsey No. Match Report
Round 2 Sydney W 8 8 View match >
Round 3 North Melbourne W 4 8 View match >
Round 4 Western Bulldogs W 4 8 View match >
Round 5 Melbourne L 3 8 View match >
Round 6 Carlton W 2 8 View match >
Round 8 Essendon W 3 8 View match >
Round 9 Fitzroy W 1 8 View match >
Round 10 Richmond W 2 8 View match >
Round 11 Hawthorn W 1 8 View match >
Round 12 Geelong L 8 View match >
Round 13 Sydney W 7 8 View match >
Round 14 North Melbourne W 9 8 View match >
Round 15 Western Bulldogs W 2 8 View match >
Round 16 Melbourne L 4 8 View match >
Round 17 Carlton L 8 View match >
Round 18 St Kilda W 6 8 View match >
Semi Final Richmond W 6 8 View match >
Preliminary Final Melbourne W 7 8 View match >
Grand Final Geelong L 3 7 8 View match >
Legend
  • # Guernsey
  • GL Goals
  • B Behinds
  • K Kicks
  • H Handballs
  • D Disposals
  • M Marks
  • T Tackles
*Player goal statistics included VFA (Victorian Football Association) results.
Totals 306 1302 100
Avg/Game   4.25 0.33
Legend
  • GP Games Played
  • GL Goals
  • B Behinds
  • K Kicks
  • H Handballs
  • T Tackles
  • D Disposals

Key Facts

CFC Debut Number

246

Total AFL Games
306
Total AFL Goals
1299
CFC Debut
Round 15, 1920
CFC Last Game
Grand Final, 1937
Recruited From
Diamond Creek
Full Name
Gordon Coventry
Nickname
Nuts

Awards

  • AFL Hall of Fame
    1996
  • x6
    VFL/AFL Leading Goalkicker
    1926, 1927, 1928, 1929, 1930, 1933
  • Champion of the Colony
    1933
  • Life Members
    1931
  • Austral Cup
    1929
  • x16
    Leading Goalkicker (Gordon Coventry Trophy)
    1922, 1923, 1924, 1925, 1926, 1927, 1928, 1929, 1930, 1931, 1932, 1933, 1934, 1935, 1936, 1937
  • CFC Hall of Fame
    2004
  • CFC Team of the Century
  • E.W. Copeland Trophy (Best and Fairest)
    1933
  • Third Best and Fairest (J.J. Joyce Trophy)
    1934
  • x5
    Premiership
    1927, 1928, 1929, 1930, 1935
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