Dave McNamara

David John "Dave" McNamara was an Australian rules footballer in the Victorian Football League (VFL).

Dave McNamara
Personal information
Full name David John McNamara
Date of birth 22 January 1887
Place of birth Boosey, near Yarrawonga
Date of death 15 August 1967(1967-08-15) (aged 80)
Place of death Caulfield, Victoria
Original team(s) Benalla
Debut 12 August 1905, St Kilda
vs. South Melbourne, at Junction Oval
Height 193 cm (6 ft 4 in)
Weight 89 kg (196 lb)
Playing career1
Years Club Games (Goals)
1905–1923 St Kilda 122 (187)
Coaching career
Years Club Games (W–L–D)
1914, 1922–1923 St Kilda 50 (22–26–2)
1 Playing statistics correct to the end of 1923.
Career highlights
  • Club captain 1923
  • VFA Premiership: 1911, 1912
Sources: AFL Tables, AustralianFootball.com

McNamara played with St Kilda as a Centre Half-Forward.

Lured to the Essendon Association side in 1909 (kicking 107 goals in the 1912 season) he resumed with St Kilda in 1914.

Possibly the longest kick of a football in history, one kick in 1923 was measured at just over 85 m.[1][2]

Later played amateur football for Ormond Amateur Football Club in the Victorian Amateur Football Association (VAFA). Served as a St Kilda committeeman, vice-president and later president.

Following his retirement from football, McNamara established himself in a new career as a racehorse trainer, which he continued until about 1958. His period in the racing industry included serving as president with the Victorian Trainers' Association.

McNamara was inducted into the St Kilda Hall of Fame in 2003. He was inducted into the Australian Football Hall of Fame in 1996.

See also


  1. http://digital.slv.vic.gov.au/view/action/nmets.do?DOCCHOICE=1711501.xml&dvs=1353312696462~795&locale=en&search_terms=&adjacency=&usePid1=true&usePid2=true see pages 2 and 19
  2. "NOT LOST THE ART". The Daily News (Perth, WA : 1882 - 1950). Perth, WA: National Library of Australia. 8 October 1931. p. 2 Edition: HOME (FINAL) EDITION. Retrieved 19 November 2012.
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