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George Beasley

George Beasley

1924-1928
3
Other Guernsey Nos.
2, 29, 5

38 CFC Games Played

17 CFC Goals

Date of Birth
26 April 1902
Date of Death
6 August 1962
Recruited From
Prahran
Collingwood Debut
Round 6, 1924
Height:
175cm
Weight:
73kg

Biography

George Beasley could have been forgiven for thinking he was cursed in his sporting endeavours. During his sporting life he suffered a case of diphtheria, severe blood poisoning that laid him up for three weeks and two serious knee injuries that all but ended his career. But Beasley never bemoaned his misfortune; instead he was grateful for the opportunities he received.


Born and raised in Warrnambool, Beasley moved to Melbourne as a 16-year-old to work at the GPO. He lived in Abbotsford and tried out for the Collingwood district side, but then gave football away briefly and began chasing a cycling career. His brother, Jack, was an Australian champion and world record holder. Inspired by the example of his sibling, whom he trained when he broke the world’s record for 100 miles on the road, George himself won a 50-mile race. As one of the favourites for the Shepparton Wheelrace, Beasley crashed heavily in the first heat. Following the fall, he suffered from blood poisoning and was told to rest for almost a month. After that, he figured football might be more forgiving than cycling.

Then a fireman based at Station No.3 in Carlton, where Charlie Tyson also worked, Beasley was invited to senior training with the Magpies immediately after impressing in one of the Fire Brigade matches. In those days he had to endure two games in one week – with the brigade on a Wednesday and Collingwood on the Saturday. Failure to play with his work team meant he would be rostered to work on Saturdays.

At different times, Beasley filled almost every position on the field. At 175cm and 73kg, he possessed the ideal physique for a utility player. The Sporting Globe said: “George plays the ball all the time, and in all the years he has been playing, has never been cautioned.”

But Beasley’s progress with Collingwood came to an abrupt halt midway through the 1927 season. He had suffered from diphtheria earlier in the season, but it was a knee injury suffered on the club’s hiatus in Perth that would prove to be his undoing. In one of two matches against a combined WA side, he displaced the ligament in his knee. When he attempted a comeback the next year, he kicked an early goal before going down with yet another season-ending knee injury.

Beasley was cleared to Williamstown as captain-coach in 1929, though his knee was never the same. He also turned out for Oakleigh in 1930. His two sons, George Jnr and Reg, later played under-19 VFL football (George with Collingwood, Reg with Carlton!), so they’d clearly inherited some of their dad’s ability. One can only speculate on just how good George Beasley might have been had injuries and fate not intervened.

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Statistics

CFC Career Stats

Season played Games Goals Finals Win %
1924-1928 38 17 5 57%

CFC Season by Season Stats

Season GP GL B K H T D Guernsey No.
1924 9 5 0 3

1924 Season stats

Hide Season
RD VS Result GL B K H T D Guernsey No. Match Report
Round 6 Sydney L 0 3 View match >
Round 7 Geelong L 0 3 View match >
Round 8 Richmond L 0 3 View match >
Round 9 Fitzroy L 1 0 3 View match >
Round 10 Essendon L 0 3 View match >
Round 11 St Kilda L 1 0 3 View match >
Round 12 Melbourne W 1 0 3 View match >
Round 15 Sydney W 1 0 3 View match >
Round 18 Fitzroy W 1 0 3 View match >
Legend
  • #Guernsey
  • GLGoals
  • BBehinds
  • KKicks
  • HHandballs
  • DDisposals
  • MMarks
  • TTackles
*Player goal statistics included VFA (Victorian Football Association) results.
1925 9 6 0 0 3

1925 Season stats

Hide Season
RD VS Result GL B K H T D Guernsey No. Match Report
Round 1 Essendon L 2 0 3 View match >
Round 2 Melbourne W 2 0 3 View match >
Round 3 Hawthorn W 1 0 3 View match >
Round 4 Geelong L 0 3 View match >
Round 7 St Kilda L 0 3 View match >
Round 10 Western Bulldogs W 1 0 3 View match >
Semi Final Essendon W 0 3 View match >
Preliminary Final Melbourne W 0 3 View match >
Grand Final Geelong L 0 0 0 3 View match >
Legend
  • #Guernsey
  • GLGoals
  • BBehinds
  • KKicks
  • HHandballs
  • DDisposals
  • MMarks
  • TTackles
*Player goal statistics included VFA (Victorian Football Association) results.
1926 13 3 0 3

1926 Season stats

Hide Season
RD VS Result GL B K H T D Guernsey No. Match Report
Round 1 Fitzroy W 0 3 View match >
Round 5 Geelong W 0 3 View match >
Round 6 Sydney W 0 3 View match >
Round 7 St Kilda W 0 3 View match >
Round 8 Western Bulldogs W 0 3 View match >
Round 9 Carlton L 0 3 View match >
Round 10 North Melbourne W 0 3 View match >
Round 14 Hawthorn W 0 3 View match >
Round 15 Melbourne W 3 0 3 View match >
Round 16 Geelong L 0 3 View match >
Round 17 Sydney W 0 3 View match >
Semi Final Melbourne L 0 3 View match >
Grand Final Melbourne L 0 3 View match >
Legend
  • #Guernsey
  • GLGoals
  • BBehinds
  • KKicks
  • HHandballs
  • DDisposals
  • MMarks
  • TTackles
*Player goal statistics included VFA (Victorian Football Association) results.
1927 6 2 0 0 5

1927 Season stats

Hide Season
RD VS Result GL B K H T D Guernsey No. Match Report
Round 3 Richmond L 0 5 View match >
Round 4 Sydney W 2 0 5 View match >
Round 5 Fitzroy W 0 0 0 5 View match >
Round 6 Essendon W 0 5 View match >
Round 7 St Kilda W 0 5 View match >
Round 9 Carlton L 0 5 View match >
Legend
  • #Guernsey
  • GLGoals
  • BBehinds
  • KKicks
  • HHandballs
  • DDisposals
  • MMarks
  • TTackles
*Player goal statistics included VFA (Victorian Football Association) results.
1928 1 1 0 2

1928 Season stats

Hide Season
RD VS Result GL B K H T D Guernsey No. Match Report
Round 1 Geelong W 1 0 2 View match >
Legend
  • #Guernsey
  • GLGoals
  • BBehinds
  • KKicks
  • HHandballs
  • DDisposals
  • MMarks
  • TTackles
*Player goal statistics included VFA (Victorian Football Association) results.
Totals 38 17 0
Avg/Game   0.45 0.00
Legend
  • GPGames Played
  • GLGoals
  • BBehinds
  • KKicks
  • HHandballs
  • TTackles
  • DDisposals

Key Facts

CFC Debut Number

285

Total AFL Games
38
Total AFL Goals
17
CFC Debut
Round 6, 1924
CFC Last Game
Round 1, 1928
Recruited From
Prahran
Full Name
George Beasley
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