Doug Searl

Doug Searl (born 22 March 1947) is a former Australian rules footballer who played with Fitzroy and Collingwood in the Victorian Football League (VFL).

Doug Searl
Personal information
Date of birth (1947-03-22) 22 March 1947
Original team(s) East Melbourne YCW[1]
Height 192 cm (6 ft 4 in)
Weight 83 kg (183 lb)
Position(s) Centre half-forward, centre half-back
Playing career1
Years Club Games (Goals)
1966–1968 Collingwood 012 0(20)
1968–1976 Fitzroy 131 (170)
Total 143 (190)
Coaching career
Years Club Games (W–L–D)
1991–1992 Port Melbourne (VFA)
1 Playing statistics correct to the end of 1976.
Sources: AFL Tables,

Searl started his career with Collingwood in 1966 and played mostly as a centre half-forward. He spent two and a bit seasons at Collingwood, including playing in the 1966 VFL Grand Final, which Collingwood lost to St Kilda by one point. During the 1968 VFL season Searl crossed to Fitzroy and had an immediate impact as a forward, kicking 31 goals in his eight games that year. In 1969, Searl topped Fitzroy's goalkicking with 68 goals which was the fourth most in the VFL that season and the best tally by a Fitzroy player in over three decades. He spent the rest of his career as a centre half back, playing his last game in 1976.

Searl continued to be involved in football as a coach and steered the Fitzroy under-19 team to the 1982 premiership. In 1991 and 1992 he coached Port Melbourne Football Club in the Victorian Football Association (VFA).

Searl's father Sid Searl played for Port Melbourne in the 1940s, kicking 12 goals on debut, against Sandringham Football Club before being dropped the next week.[2]


  1. Holmesby, Russell; Main, Jim (2007). The Encyclopedia Of AFL Footballers. BAS Publishing. ISBN 9781920910785.
  2. Atkinson, p. 34.


  • Atkinson, G. (1982) Everything you ever wanted to know about Australian rules football but couldn't be bothered asking, The Five Mile Press: Melbourne. ISBN 0 86788 009 0.
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