Con McCarthy, Date of Birth, Place of Birth, Date of Death

    

Con McCarthy

Australian rules footballer

Date of Birth: 10-Feb-1893

Place of Birth: Collingwood, Victoria, Australia

Date of Death: 19-Jun-1975

Profession: Australian rules footballer, Australian rules football coach

Zodiac Sign: Aquarius


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About Con McCarthy

  • John Cornelius "Con" McCarthy (10 February 1893 – 19 June 1975) was an Australian rules footballer who played with Collingwood and Footscray in the VFL.
  • He was known during his career as Con McCarthy. Originally from Western Australia, McCarthy was a ruckman and started his league career in 1915 with Collingwood.
  • He was a premiership player with them in 1917 and 1919, the latter as captain.
  • He also captained Victoria during his career, leading the VFL to victory at the 1921 Perth Carnival. In 1922, McCarthy joined Footscray in the VFA in 1922 as captain-coach on a lucrative deal, which saw him earn £10 per week, compared with the £2/10/– per week he had earned at Collingwood.
  • Footscray at the time was a rich and ambitious club attempting to gain admission to the VFL, and it made several aggressive recruiting plays like this to further its case; the Sporting Globe commented that McCarthy was the first "big money" player in the game.
  • As captain-coach, McCarthy led Footscray to back to back VFA premierships in 1923 and 1924.
  • When Footscray was admitted to the VFL in 1925, McCarthy was their inaugural captain and coach; he continued as captain in 1926, before retiring at the end of the 1926 season.

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