Arthur Coghlan

Arthur 'Bull' Coghlan (16 August 1902 8 June 1959)[1] was an Australian rules footballer who played for and coached Geelong in the VFL.

Arthur Coghlan
Personal information
Date of birth 16 August 1902
Date of death 8 June 1959(1959-06-08) (aged 56)
Original team(s) Toora
Height 180 cm (5 ft 11 in)
Weight 86 kg (190 lb)
Playing career1
Years Club Games (Goals)
1922–1932 Geelong 145 (10)
Coaching career
Years Club Games (W–L–D)
1929–30, 1932–34 Geelong 80 (48–31–1)
1 Playing statistics correct to the end of 1934.
Sources: AFL Tables,

Geelong's Toora recruit was a tough and hard hitting ruckman but could also play in key positions. He missed out on their 1925 premiership after being suspended for the remainder of 1925 and all of 1926 for escalating an all-in brawl that involved players and team officials. The Kangaroos' Fred Rutley was suspended for life for starting the brawl.

In 1929 he was appointed captain-coach and in his second season in this role steered Geelong to a Grand Final. They lost the match to Collingwood by 30 points but he played in a premiership the following season, albeit this time as neither captain nor coach. He played his final game in 1932 and in 1933 became the non-playing coach of Geelong, making it all the way to the Preliminary Final in both of his two seasons.


  1. "Arthur Coghlan - Player Bio". Australian Football. Retrieved 28 December 2014.
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