|Date of birth||5 November 1921|
|Date of death||23 May 1993 71)(aged|
|Place of death||Geelong, Victoria|
|Original team(s)||Coburg juniors|
|Height||193 cm (6 ft 4 in)|
|Weight||102 kg (225 lb)|
1 Playing statistics correct to the end of 1947.
|Sources: AFL Tables, AustralianFootball.com|
From Victorian Football Association (VFA) club Coburg, Fanning was a strongly built forward standing at 193 cm and weighing 102 kg. In September 1939, playing for Melbourne Seconds against Richmond in the Seconds' Grand Final, Fanning kicked 12 goals in Melbourne's 22.12 (144) to Richmond 17.13 (115) victory.
Fanning made his senior debut in 1940 and played in that year's Grand Final victory over Richmond. He topped the VFL's goal kicking charts in 1943 (62 goals), 1944 (87) and 1945 (67), a year in which he also won Melbourne's best and fairest award.
In round 19, 1947, he kicked 18 goals, 1 point in a game against St Kilda, which remains the record for most goals in a VFL/AFL match.; this was Fanning's final appearance in a VFL match. He kicked 97 goals for the 1947 VFL season, the highest in his VFL career.
Fanning joined the Hamilton Football Club in the Western District Football League as captain-coach in 1948, after being offered three times the salary he was receiving at Melbourne. This appointment caused a split in the club and the Hamilton Imperials were founded.
Fanning held the Western District record for most goals in a game by kicking 22 against Heywood in 1949. The following year he kicked 20 goals Penshurst. Fanning kicked a Western District record of 151 goals in a season in 1952 . He finished his football career at Coleraine in 1953.
- Linnell, Stephen (24 May 1993). "Champion goalkicker Fanning dies at 71". The Sydney Morning Herald. Retrieved 22 May 2012.
- "MELBOURNE WINS". The Argus. Melbourne. 29 September 1939. p. 15. Retrieved 27 October 2011 – via National Library of Australia.
- afl.com.au Coleman Medal List
- 17. FRED FANNING'S 18 GOALS, 1947
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