Eddy James

Edwin Ernest 'Eddy' James (14 February 1874 – 16 September 1937)[1] was an Australian rules footballer who played for Geelong in the years before and following the formation of the VFL.[2]

Eddy James
Personal information
Full name Edwin Ernest James
Date of birth 14 February 1874
Place of birth Bendigo
Date of death 16 September 1937(1937-09-16) (aged 63)
Place of death Casterton, Victoria
Original team(s) Geelong Grammar
Height 193 cm (6 ft 4 in)
Weight 96 kg (212 lb)
Playing career1
Years Club Games (Goals)
1889, 1892–1896 Geelong (VFA) 68 (64)
1897–1900 Geelong 46 (85)
1 Playing statistics correct to the end of 1900.
Sources: AFL Tables, AustralianFootball.com

James started his career as a backman, playing a game at 15 after Geelong were short for players. He was pushed forward in his return in 1892, and in 1895 finished with 24 goals to be equal third in the VFA goalkicking. In the inaugural VFL season in 1897, he kicked 22 goals in the home and away season to share the Leading Goalkicker Award with Jack Leith. His end of year tally of 27 goals was the most in the league, and the following season he became the first player to kick 50 VFL goals. He kicked a career high seven goals in game against St Kilda in 1898. He again topped the VFL's goalkicking in 1899 with 31 goals and was rewarded with selection for Victoria in an interstate match against South Australia. James also set the record for the most behinds kicked by a player in a game during this season, with a score of 5.16 against St Kilda.[3]

A knee injury ended his career prematurely in 1900.

After his football career he moved to Casterton where he worked as a motor mechanic and he died there in 1937.[4]


  1. "Eddy James - Player Bio". Australian Football. Retrieved 27 December 2014.
  2. Holmesby, Russell; Main, Jim (2014). The Encyclopedia of AFL Footballers: every AFL/VFL player since 1897 (10th ed.). Melbourne, Victoria: Bas Publishing. p. 435. ISBN 978-1-921496-32-5.
  3. Piesse, Ken (1993). The Complete Guide to Australian Football. Melbourne: Pan MacMillan Australia Pty Limited. p. 155. ISBN 0330357123.
  4. "FOOTBALLER AND OARSMAN". The Argus. Victoria, Australia. 17 September 1937. p. 22.

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