Fred Goldsmith (Australian footballer)
|Date of birth||20 August 1932|
|Date of death||13 April 2017 84)(aged|
|Original team(s)||Spotswood (FDFL)|
|Height||183 cm (6 ft 0 in)|
|Weight||83 kg (183 lb)|
|1951–1959||South Melbourne||119 (107)|
1 Playing statistics correct to the end of 1959.
|Sources: AFL Tables, AustralianFootball.com|
A fireman, Goldsmith started his career in 1951 as a half forward flanker, having been recruited by South Melbourne from Spotswood.
In 1952, he was shifted to fullback; and, in 1955, he became the first ever (and so far, only) specialist fullback to win the Brownlow Medal.
To the astonishment of all, in 1956, South Melbourne decided to play its 1955 Brownlow Medallist fullback at full-forward. He played at full-forward for the remainder of his career. In 1957, he was South Melbourne's leading goalkicker with 43 goals.
He was captain-coach of the Albury Football Club in the Ovens & Murray Football League from 1960 to 1965. In 1966 he played nine games with Port Melbourne Football Club in the Victorian Football Association.
Goldsmith's 1955 Brownlow Medal attained $43,700 at an auction of sporting memorabilia conducted by Christie's on 17 April 2000.
He was selected as an interchange player in the South Melbourne/Sydney Swans's "Team of the Century"' announced on 8 August 2003.
In a 1958 competition, held at the Lake Oval, Goldsmith kicked a drop kick that travelled 80yds 1 ft (241 ft, 73.46m).
Fred Goldsmith has five great children, 16 grandchildren and three great grandchildren
- "Vale Fred Goldsmith: Brownlow winner dies at 84". AFL.com.au. 13 April 2017. Retrieved 13 April 2017.
- Jim Main, Aussie Rules: For Dummies (2nd edition, 2008) p 72.
- "Brownlow trivia". Footystats.freeservers.com. Retrieved 13 April 2017.
- "Long kicks and the men who made them". Footystats.freeservers.com. Retrieved 13 April 2017.