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Fred Froude

Fred Froude

1930-1939
13
Other Guernsey Nos.
10, 11, 12, 15, 28, 8, 9

148 CFC Games Played

41 CFC Goals

Date of Birth
3 July 1910
Date of Death
16 June 1978
Recruited From
Abbotsford
Collingwood Debut
Round 5, 1930
Height:
174cm
Weight:
82kg

Biography

It isn’t unusual for footballers to be highly skilled at other sports, but in Freddy Froude’s case, his proficiency at basketball very nearly cost him a League career – and three Premiership medals.

Froude was a star basketballer, one of the cleverest forwards in the country and the best goalthrower in the YMCA competition. But his basketball training of evading a man rather than making contact led some at Collingwood to doubt his courage. Teammate Bruce Andrew, himself a basketballer, said: “He was almost a failure, for his sense of evasion – so vital to basketball – was useless to him on the Collingwood forward line. He just could not go in and get the ball … He did not fit. In fact, it was whispered that he was timid, but those of us who knew Freddie laughed at that.”

As a footballer, Froude seemed a natural forward. His evasive skills, cleverness and deadly left-foot kicking seemed ideally suited to life near the goals. However, after several frustrating years of intermittent senior football he was tried on a half-back flank – and the transformation was remarkable.

Suddenly, Collingwood discovered it possessed a wonderful attacking defender: solidly built, with great judgement, calmness and superb anticipation. He was a good mark for his size, always seemed to have plenty of time on the ball and his long, raking left-foot kicks remained a major weapon. He was regularly praised by the press for his “brilliant, dodging runs” out of defence and his precise bouncing of the ball – but also for quickly returning to position and giving his man no room.

He became one of the club’s most consistent and reliable defenders in the 1930s, rarely putting a foot wrong. He didn’t miss a single training night in his 10 years at Collingwood, finished third in the Copeland in 1933, won the Austral Trophy for most popular player in 1936, played in Premierships in 1930, 1935 and 1936 and was the team’s best in a losing cause in the 1937 Grand Final, described in one newspaper as “a hero in defence”.

A broken jaw disrupted his final season in 1939, and he joined Kew as playing coach the following year, followed by a similar role at Brighton. His interest in coaching was clear even then, and that path was completed when he got the top job at St Kilda in 1948, a post he held for three years.

One of the highlights of Froude’s VFL career was when he filled in as captain a few times when both Colliers were missing in 1938. Nothing would have made the quietly spoken, soft-hearted Froude happier than that, for he was Collingwood through and through. He lived in Turner Street, within punting distance of the ground, for almost his entire life and was still there when he died of throat cancer in the late 1970s. He managed the tennis courts at the ground with his mother, and for many years she also boarded country footballers coming to Collingwood. He was a carpenter by trade and built a magnificent bedroom suite for his brother George as a wedding gift. A little like his reputation as a fine footballer, it survives in perfect order to this day.

Statistics

CFC Career Stats

Season played Games Goals Finals Win %
1930-1939 148 41 18 72%

CFC Season by Season Stats

Season GP GL B K H T D Guernsey No.
1930 7 7 0 28

1930 Season stats

Hide Season
RD VS Result GL B K H T D Guernsey No. Match Report
Round 5 Fitzroy L 2 0 28 View match >
Round 6 North Melbourne W 1 0 28 View match >
Round 7 Melbourne W 2 0 28 View match >
Round 16 Western Bulldogs W 0 28 View match >
Round 17 Carlton W 1 0 28 View match >
Preliminary Final Geelong L 0 28 View match >
Grand Final Geelong W 1 0 28 View match >
Legend
  • #Guernsey
  • GLGoals
  • BBehinds
  • KKicks
  • HHandballs
  • DDisposals
  • MMarks
  • TTackles
*Player goal statistics included VFA (Victorian Football Association) results.
1931 17 30 0 0 15

1931 Season stats

Hide Season
RD VS Result GL B K H T D Guernsey No. Match Report
Round 1 Geelong W 1 0 15 View match >
Round 2 Hawthorn W 0 15 View match >
Round 3 Sydney W 1 0 15 View match >
Round 6 St Kilda W 2 0 15 View match >
Round 7 Melbourne W 4 0 15 View match >
Round 8 North Melbourne W 6 0 15 View match >
Round 9 Western Bulldogs W 0 15 View match >
Round 10 Essendon L 1 0 15 View match >
Round 11 Fitzroy W 3 0 15 View match >
Round 12 Geelong L 0 15 View match >
Round 13 Hawthorn W 1 0 15 View match >
Round 14 Sydney W 1 0 15 View match >
Round 15 Richmond L 2 0 15 View match >
Round 16 Carlton W 3 0 0 15 View match >
Round 17 St Kilda L 1 0 0 15 View match >
Round 18 Melbourne W 3 0 15 View match >
Semi Final Carlton L 1 0 15 View match >
Legend
  • #Guernsey
  • GLGoals
  • BBehinds
  • KKicks
  • HHandballs
  • DDisposals
  • MMarks
  • TTackles
*Player goal statistics included VFA (Victorian Football Association) results.
1932 12 4 0 11

1932 Season stats

Hide Season
RD VS Result GL B K H T D Guernsey No. Match Report
Round 1 Hawthorn W 1 0 11 View match >
Round 2 Geelong L 2 0 11 View match >
Round 6 Western Bulldogs W 0 11 View match >
Round 7 Melbourne W 1 0 11 View match >
Round 8 St Kilda W 0 11 View match >
Round 10 Richmond W 0 11 View match >
Round 11 Sydney W 0 11 View match >
Round 12 Hawthorn W 0 11 View match >
Round 17 Western Bulldogs W 0 11 View match >
Round 18 Melbourne W 0 11 View match >
Semi Final Sydney W 0 11 View match >
Preliminary Final Carlton L 0 11 View match >
Legend
  • #Guernsey
  • GLGoals
  • BBehinds
  • KKicks
  • HHandballs
  • DDisposals
  • MMarks
  • TTackles
*Player goal statistics included VFA (Victorian Football Association) results.
1933 17 0 0 0 11

1933 Season stats

Hide Season
RD VS Result GL B K H T D Guernsey No. Match Report
Round 2 Fitzroy L 0 11 View match >
Round 3 Sydney W 0 11 View match >
Round 4 Richmond L 0 11 View match >
Round 5 Carlton W 0 0 0 11 View match >
Round 6 North Melbourne L 0 11 View match >
Round 7 Melbourne W 0 0 0 11 View match >
Round 8 St Kilda W 0 11 View match >
Round 9 Western Bulldogs L 0 11 View match >
Round 10 Hawthorn W 0 0 0 11 View match >
Round 11 Essendon W 0 0 0 11 View match >
Round 12 Geelong L 0 11 View match >
Round 13 Fitzroy L 0 11 View match >
Round 14 Sydney L 0 11 View match >
Round 15 Richmond W 0 11 View match >
Round 16 Carlton W 0 0 0 11 View match >
Round 17 North Melbourne W 0 0 0 11 View match >
Round 18 Melbourne W 0 11 View match >
Legend
  • #Guernsey
  • GLGoals
  • BBehinds
  • KKicks
  • HHandballs
  • DDisposals
  • MMarks
  • TTackles
*Player goal statistics included VFA (Victorian Football Association) results.
1934 18 0 0 0 12

1934 Season stats

Hide Season
RD VS Result GL B K H T D Guernsey No. Match Report
Round 1 Sydney L 0 0 0 12 View match >
Round 2 Essendon W 0 12 View match >
Round 3 Hawthorn W 0 12 View match >
Round 4 Richmond W 0 12 View match >
Round 5 Geelong D 0 12 View match >
Round 6 Fitzroy W 0 12 View match >
Round 7 North Melbourne W 0 12 View match >
Round 8 St Kilda W 0 12 View match >
Round 9 Melbourne W 0 12 View match >
Round 10 Carlton W 0 12 View match >
Round 11 Western Bulldogs W 0 0 0 12 View match >
Round 12 Sydney L 0 0 0 12 View match >
Round 13 Essendon W 0 0 0 12 View match >
Round 14 Hawthorn W 0 0 0 12 View match >
Round 15 Richmond L 0 12 View match >
Round 16 Geelong L 0 12 View match >
Round 18 North Melbourne W 0 12 View match >
Semi Final Sydney L 0 12 View match >
Legend
  • #Guernsey
  • GLGoals
  • BBehinds
  • KKicks
  • HHandballs
  • DDisposals
  • MMarks
  • TTackles
*Player goal statistics included VFA (Victorian Football Association) results.
1935 19 0 0 0 13

1935 Season stats

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

1936 Season stats

Hide Season
RD VS Result GL B K H T D Guernsey No. Match Report
Round 1 Hawthorn W 0 8 View match >
Round 2 Richmond W 0 8 View match >
Round 3 Fitzroy W 0 8 View match >
Round 4 Essendon W 0 8 View match >
Round 5 St Kilda W 0 8 View match >
Round 6 Carlton W 0 8 View match >
Round 7 Melbourne W 0 8 View match >
Round 8 Western Bulldogs W 0 8 View match >
Round 9 North Melbourne W 0 8 View match >
Round 10 Sydney L 0 8 View match >
Round 15 Essendon W 0 8 View match >
Round 16 St Kilda W 0 8 View match >
Round 17 Carlton L 0 8 View match >
Round 18 Melbourne W 0 8 View match >
Semi Final Sydney W 0 8 View match >
Grand Final Sydney W 0 8 View match >
Legend
  • #Guernsey
  • GLGoals
  • BBehinds
  • KKicks
  • HHandballs
  • DDisposals
  • MMarks
  • TTackles
*Player goal statistics included VFA (Victorian Football Association) results.
1937 19 0 0 0 13

1937 Season stats

Hide Season
RD VS Result GL B K H T D Guernsey No. Match Report
Round 1 Geelong W 0 13 View match >
Round 2 Sydney W 0 13 View match >
Round 3 North Melbourne W 0 13 View match >
Round 4 Western Bulldogs W 0 13 View match >
Round 5 Melbourne L 0 13 View match >
Round 6 Carlton W 0 13 View match >
Round 7 St Kilda L 0 13 View match >
Round 8 Essendon W 0 13 View match >
Round 9 Fitzroy W 0 13 View match >
Round 10 Richmond W 0 13 View match >
Round 11 Hawthorn W 0 13 View match >
Round 12 Geelong L 0 13 View match >
Round 15 Western Bulldogs W 0 13 View match >
Round 16 Melbourne L 0 13 View match >
Round 17 Carlton L 0 13 View match >
Round 18 St Kilda W 0 13 View match >
Semi Final Richmond W 0 13 View match >
Preliminary Final Melbourne W 0 13 View match >
Grand Final Geelong L 0 0 0 13 View match >
Legend
  • #Guernsey
  • GLGoals
  • BBehinds
  • KKicks
  • HHandballs
  • DDisposals
  • MMarks
  • TTackles
*Player goal statistics included VFA (Victorian Football Association) results.
1938 17 0 9

1938 Season stats

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

1939 Season stats

Hide Season
RD VS Result GL B K H T D Guernsey No. Match Report
Round 3 Western Bulldogs W 0 9 View match >
Round 10 Melbourne L 0 9 View match >
Round 11 Essendon W 0 9 View match >
Round 12 Geelong L 0 9 View match >
Round 13 Sydney W 0 9 View match >
Preliminary Final St Kilda W 0 9 View match >
Legend
  • #Guernsey
  • GLGoals
  • BBehinds
  • KKicks
  • HHandballs
  • DDisposals
  • MMarks
  • TTackles
*Player goal statistics included VFA (Victorian Football Association) results.
Totals 148 41 0
Avg/Game   0.28 0.00
Legend
  • GPGames Played
  • GLGoals
  • BBehinds
  • KKicks
  • HHandballs
  • TTackles
  • DDisposals

Key Facts

CFC Debut Number

330

Total AFL Games
148
Total AFL Goals
41
CFC Debut
Round 5, 1930
CFC Last Game
Preliminary Final, 1939
Recruited From
Abbotsford
Full Name
Fred Froude

Awards

  • Life Members
    1941
  • Austral Cup
    1936
  • Third Best and Fairest (J.J. Joyce Trophy)
    1933
  • x3
    Premiership
    1930, 1935, 1936
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