Fred Flanagan was a gifted Australian rules footballer, who played for the Geelong football club in the Victorian Football League between the years of 1946 till 1955. He was as close to the perfect centre half-forward as you could wish to see. A superb aerialist, he possessed the superb ability to manoeuvre himself while flying for a mark in such a way as to be facing directly towards goal upon landing. He played his whole career with Geelong Football Club, winning the clubs best and fairest award in 1949 and captained Geelong to back to back premierships two years later in 1951and 1952.

In 2001, Fred Flanagan was a predictable and worthy choice as centre half-forward of Geelong’s official ‘Team of the Century. In 1998 Flanagan was inducted into the Australian Football Hall of Fame.

Playing Career

1946 – 1955 Geelong

Games

163

Goals

182

Playing Honours

  • Geelong premiership captain 1951, 1952
  • Geelong Team of the Century
  • Carji Greeves Medal 1949
  • Geelong captain 1951–1954
  • Geelong leading goalkickers 1954
  • Australian Football Hall of Fame, inducted 1998VFL premiership captain: 1961

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