George Goninon

George Goninon (born 18 April 1927) is a former Australian rules footballer in the Tasmanian North West Football Union (NWFU) and Victorian Football League (VFL).

George Goninon
Personal information
Date of birth (1927-04-18) 18 April 1927
Original team(s) Burnie (NWFU)
Height 181 cm (5 ft 11 in)
Weight 79 kg (174 lb)
Playing career1
Years Club Games (Goals)
1948–1950 Essendon 09 0(11)
1950–1955 Geelong 78 (278)
Total 87 (289)
1 Playing statistics correct to the end of 1955.
Career highlights
  • Geelong premiership player: 1951, 1952
Sources: AFL Tables,

George Goninon was Geelong's champion goalkicker at full-forward in the 1951 and 1952 Grand Final wins and going strong in 1953 with the Cats hot favourites to make it three in a row. However he was dropped from the team, which lost the flag to Collingwood by two goals. In 2007, now 80 and living on the Gold Coast, the twice-married Goninon claimed he was a victim of the times, a strict church-on-Sundays age when, being married, he had an affair and was found out.

Geelong, with 90 percent churchgoers, frowned on him and dropped him out of the team in the final series after kicking 65 goals in 18 games in 1953.


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