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Des Fothergill

Des Fothergill

1937-1940, 1945-1947
8
Other Guernsey Nos.
11, 6, 9

111 CFC Games Played

337 CFC Goals

Date of Birth
15 July 1920
Date of Death
16 March 1996
Recruited From
Collingwood Tech
Collingwood Debut
Round 6, 1937
Height:
178cm
Weight:
88kg

Biography

A player of effortless brilliance who broke into the star-studded Collingwood side before his 17th birthday and won the Copeland Trophy as best and fairest player in a side that reached the Grand Final.

Recruited from Collingwood Technical School, he was a stocky rover and half-forward who also won the CopelandTtrophy in 1938 and 1940.

The 1940 season was his greatest and he tied with South’s Herb Matthews for the Brownlow with 32 votes. They could not be separated under the countback system and had even played the same number of games during the year.

He crossed to the big spending Williamstown without a clearance the following year in a move which stunned the football world and scored a unique double by winning the Recorder Cup for best VFA player.

He enlisted in the Army and when in Darwin injured a knee during a harmless kick-to-kick session. A couple of operations resulted in a complete recovery and when the VFL declared an amnesty on all players who had crossed without clearances he went back to the Magpies.

On his return to Collingwood in 1945 he showed that he had lost nothing by winning the Herald award for the player of the year. In the Preliminary Final of that year he was mercilessly roughed up by Bob Chitty and Lou Richards wrote that he had implored coach McHale at half time: “What do I do?” To which the coach replied: “You’re a man aren’t you?”

Fothergill denied the story as lies and rubbish.

He injured his left knee in 1946, but still finished second in the VFL goalkicking with 63, and retired in 1947 at the age of 28.

He was also a fine batsman who played for Victoria 27 times and went to the Lancashire League in the late 1940s.

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Statistics

CFC Career Stats

Season played Games Goals Finals Win %
1937-1940, 1945-1947 111 337 11 64%

CFC Season by Season Stats

Season GP GL B K H T D Guernsey No.
1937 15 28 3 0 11

1937 Season stats

Hide Season
RD VS Result GL B K H T D Guernsey No. Match Report
Round 6 Carlton W 1 0 11 View match >
Round 7 St Kilda L 1 0 11 View match >
Round 8 Essendon W 1 0 11 View match >
Round 9 Fitzroy W 3 0 11 View match >
Round 10 Richmond W 3 0 11 View match >
Round 12 Geelong L 1 0 11 View match >
Round 13 Sydney W 0 11 View match >
Round 14 North Melbourne W 2 0 11 View match >
Round 15 Western Bulldogs W 5 0 11 View match >
Round 16 Melbourne L 1 0 11 View match >
Round 17 Carlton L 2 0 11 View match >
Round 18 St Kilda W 2 0 11 View match >
Semi Final Richmond W 2 0 11 View match >
Preliminary Final Melbourne W 3 0 11 View match >
Grand Final Geelong L 1 3 0 11 View match >
Legend
  • #Guernsey
  • GLGoals
  • BBehinds
  • KKicks
  • HHandballs
  • DDisposals
  • MMarks
  • TTackles
*Player goal statistics included VFA (Victorian Football Association) results.
1938 21 65 0 8

1938 Season stats

Hide Season
RD VS Result GL B K H T D Guernsey No. Match Report
Round 1 Fitzroy W 0 8 View match >
Round 2 Essendon W 2 0 8 View match >
Round 3 Richmond L 0 8 View match >
Round 4 Hawthorn W 3 0 8 View match >
Round 5 Carlton L 1 0 8 View match >
Round 6 North Melbourne W 5 0 8 View match >
Round 7 Melbourne L 4 0 8 View match >
Round 8 St Kilda W 6 0 8 View match >
Round 9 Western Bulldogs L 3 0 8 View match >
Round 10 Geelong W 4 0 8 View match >
Round 11 Sydney W 5 0 8 View match >
Round 12 Fitzroy W 1 0 8 View match >
Round 13 Essendon L 6 0 8 View match >
Round 14 Richmond L 1 0 8 View match >
Round 15 Hawthorn W 2 0 8 View match >
Round 16 Carlton W 3 0 8 View match >
Round 17 North Melbourne W 2 0 8 View match >
Round 18 Melbourne W 2 0 8 View match >
Semi Final Western Bulldogs W 6 0 8 View match >
Preliminary Final Geelong W 5 0 8 View match >
Grand Final Carlton L 4 0 8 View match >
Legend
  • #Guernsey
  • GLGoals
  • BBehinds
  • KKicks
  • HHandballs
  • DDisposals
  • MMarks
  • TTackles
*Player goal statistics included VFA (Victorian Football Association) results.
1939 18 51 0 8

1939 Season stats

Hide Season
RD VS Result GL B K H T D Guernsey No. Match Report
Round 1 Geelong W 4 0 8 View match >
Round 4 St Kilda L 0 8 View match >
Round 6 Hawthorn W 2 0 8 View match >
Round 7 Richmond W 3 0 8 View match >
Round 8 Carlton W 1 0 8 View match >
Round 9 North Melbourne W 1 0 8 View match >
Round 10 Melbourne L 1 0 8 View match >
Round 11 Essendon W 3 0 8 View match >
Round 12 Geelong L 3 0 8 View match >
Round 13 Sydney W 2 0 8 View match >
Round 14 Western Bulldogs W 3 0 8 View match >
Round 15 St Kilda W 6 0 8 View match >
Round 16 Fitzroy W 7 0 8 View match >
Round 17 Hawthorn W 3 0 8 View match >
Round 18 Richmond W 4 0 8 View match >
Semi Final Melbourne L 2 0 8 View match >
Preliminary Final St Kilda W 3 0 8 View match >
Grand Final Melbourne L 3 0 8 View match >
Legend
  • #Guernsey
  • GLGoals
  • BBehinds
  • KKicks
  • HHandballs
  • DDisposals
  • MMarks
  • TTackles
*Player goal statistics included VFA (Victorian Football Association) results.
1940 18 56 0 6

1940 Season stats

Hide Season
RD VS Result GL B K H T D Guernsey No. Match Report
Round 1 Sydney W 1 0 6 View match >
Round 2 Geelong L 4 0 6 View match >
Round 3 Carlton W 7 0 6 View match >
Round 4 North Melbourne L 2 0 6 View match >
Round 5 Melbourne L 5 0 6 View match >
Round 6 Essendon W 1 0 6 View match >
Round 7 St Kilda W 4 0 6 View match >
Round 8 Richmond L 4 0 6 View match >
Round 9 Western Bulldogs L 2 0 6 View match >
Round 10 Fitzroy L 3 0 6 View match >
Round 11 Hawthorn W 3 0 6 View match >
Round 12 Sydney W 2 0 6 View match >
Round 13 Geelong L 6 0 6 View match >
Round 14 Carlton L 1 0 6 View match >
Round 15 North Melbourne W 3 0 6 View match >
Round 16 Melbourne L 4 0 6 View match >
Round 17 Essendon L 2 0 6 View match >
Round 18 St Kilda W 2 0 6 View match >
Legend
  • #Guernsey
  • GLGoals
  • BBehinds
  • KKicks
  • HHandballs
  • DDisposals
  • MMarks
  • TTackles
*Player goal statistics included VFA (Victorian Football Association) results.
1945 18 62 0 11

1945 Season stats

Hide Season
RD VS Result GL B K H T D Guernsey No. Match Report
Round 1 North Melbourne W 5 0 11 View match >
Round 2 Sydney L 0 11 View match >
Round 4 Hawthorn W 1 0 11 View match >
Round 5 Essendon L 2 0 11 View match >
Round 6 Carlton W 5 0 11 View match >
Round 7 St Kilda W 5 0 11 View match >
Round 10 Geelong W 2 0 11 View match >
Round 11 Western Bulldogs L 3 0 11 View match >
Round 13 Sydney W 4 0 11 View match >
Round 14 Melbourne W 2 0 11 View match >
Round 15 Hawthorn W 2 0 11 View match >
Round 16 Essendon W 6 0 11 View match >
Round 17 Carlton L 2 0 11 View match >
Round 18 St Kilda W 6 0 11 View match >
Round 19 Fitzroy W 7 0 11 View match >
Round 20 Richmond W 6 0 11 View match >
Semi Final Sydney L 2 0 11 View match >
Preliminary Final Carlton L 2 0 11 View match >
Legend
  • #Guernsey
  • GLGoals
  • BBehinds
  • KKicks
  • HHandballs
  • DDisposals
  • MMarks
  • TTackles
*Player goal statistics included VFA (Victorian Football Association) results.
1946 17 63 0 8

1946 Season stats

Hide Season
RD VS Result GL B K H T D Guernsey No. Match Report
Round 1 Hawthorn W 7 0 8 View match >
Round 2 Fitzroy W 0 8 View match >
Round 3 North Melbourne W 2 0 8 View match >
Round 4 St Kilda W 5 0 8 View match >
Round 5 Richmond L 1 0 8 View match >
Round 6 Western Bulldogs L 1 0 8 View match >
Round 7 Geelong W 9 0 8 View match >
Round 8 Carlton W 4 0 8 View match >
Round 9 Essendon L 4 0 8 View match >
Round 10 Sydney W 5 0 8 View match >
Round 11 Melbourne L 2 0 8 View match >
Round 12 Hawthorn W 6 0 8 View match >
Round 13 Fitzroy W 4 0 8 View match >
Round 14 North Melbourne W 2 0 8 View match >
Round 15 St Kilda W 3 0 8 View match >
Round 16 Richmond L 5 0 8 View match >
Round 17 Western Bulldogs W 3 0 8 View match >
Legend
  • #Guernsey
  • GLGoals
  • BBehinds
  • KKicks
  • HHandballs
  • DDisposals
  • MMarks
  • TTackles
*Player goal statistics included VFA (Victorian Football Association) results.
1947 4 12 0 6

1947 Season stats

Hide Season
RD VS Result GL B K H T D Guernsey No. Match Report
Round 1 Fitzroy W 5 0 6 View match >
Round 2 Hawthorn W 4 0 6 View match >
Round 3 Geelong W 3 0 6 View match >
Round 12 Fitzroy L 0 6 View match >
Legend
  • #Guernsey
  • GLGoals
  • BBehinds
  • KKicks
  • HHandballs
  • DDisposals
  • MMarks
  • TTackles
*Player goal statistics included VFA (Victorian Football Association) results.
Totals 111 337 3
Avg/Game   3.04 0.03
Legend
  • GPGames Played
  • GLGoals
  • BBehinds
  • KKicks
  • HHandballs
  • TTackles
  • DDisposals

Key Facts

CFC Debut Number

396

Total AFL Games
111
Total AFL Goals
337
CFC Debut
Round 6, 1937
CFC Last Game
Round 12, 1947
Recruited From
Collingwood Tech
Full Name
Des Fothergill

Awards

  • AFL Hall of Fame
    2000
  • VFL/AFL Leading Goalkicker
    1946
  • Brownlow Medallists
    1940
  • Life Members
    1982
  • x2
    Best Finals Player (Bob Rose Award)
    1937, 1938
  • Best First Year Player (Harry Collier Trophy)
    1937
  • x3
    Leading Goalkicker (Gordon Coventry Trophy)
    1940, 1945, 1946
  • CFC Hall of Fame
    2005
  • CFC Team of the Century
  • x3
    E.W. Copeland Trophy (Best and Fairest)
    1937, 1938, 1940
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