Champion East Fremantle Full Forward

NAME: GEORGE DOIG
ORIGINATED FROM: Fremantle Mercantile Association
DEBUT: 1933
PLAYING POSITION: Full Forward
RETIRED: 1945
TOTAL GAMES: 202 games (East Fremantle)
TOTAL GOALS: 1111 goals (East Fremantle)
CAREER HIGHLIGHTS: First in WA to kick 100 goals in a season.
The only WA player to kick 100 goals in nine successive seasons.
A record tally of 152 in 1934 (since beaten).
Headed the WA goalkicking list from 1933 to 1937 and in 1941 (a total of six times).
Averaged 5.5 goals in every game at an estimated percentage of 80.
Regular selection in State sides during his entire career.
Life Member — East Fremantle Football Club 1948.
HISTORY:

Time has not really dimmed the glory that George Doig earned with his record-breaking tally of nine successive centuries from 1933 to 1941.

Nor have the accolades handed out in both Club histories been tarnished by the inflated totals of later full forwards in the higher scoring games of recent years.

In the context of the times the description of Doig as the “Bradman of WA football” did not seem exaggerated but because Australia’s greatest cricketer later was hailed as the greatest in the world, however it might be a little overboard now.

Some of the following words of praise, are still correct and appropriate.

This was recognised by the WAFL when it included Doig in the group of three champions — Farmer and Cable the others — whose portraits
were hung in the three most important halls in the League’s grand new headquarters at Subiaco Oval.

Here are some of the quotes from the two Club historians:-

  • the incomparable Doig burst on the scene in 1933 with the first century in a season by a WA player – beating Sol Lawn‘s previous record of 90 by 16.
  • he was deadly from a standing shot and was phenomenal in his accuracy from snapshots; his ground play was superb and his acceptance of passes from his talented halflforwards was also a major factor in his success.
  • beyond all doubt he was the greatest full-forward of his day and the greatest the Club has ever had.
  • in his first game he kicked seven goals and followed that with eight in his second; he was real match winner and, once again, East Fremantle‘s greatest.
  • his dominance in an era that included such great forwards as George Maloney, Ted Tyon, Ted Holdsworth, Frank Hopkins and Bert York was freely acknowledged; he averaged 5.5 goals and his percentage of goals from shots was estimated as 80.

Like Clarke, Peake and Sheedy, there can be no doubt about his eligibility for a place in the Hall of Legends.

JACK LEE