|Full name||Tom Fitzmaurice|
|Date of birth||7 July 1898|
|Date of death||25 December 1977 79)(aged|
|Original team(s)||Essendon CYMS|
|Height||192 cm (6 ft 4 in)|
|Weight||96 kg (212 lb)|
|Position(s)||Defender / Forward|
|1932–1935||North Melbourne||54 (196)|
|1934||North Melbourne||8 (0–8–0)|
1 Playing statistics correct to the end of 1935.
|Sources: AFL Tables, AustralianFootball.com|
A brilliant centre halfback, he commenced his career with Essendon Football Club 1918. Transferred to Sydney in 1921 with his employment, Fitzmaurice played that seasons in the local competition and captained New South Wales against Victoria and Tasmania. He rejoined Essendon in 1922 and later formed part of their very successful 1923 and 1924 premiership teams. In the famous Essendon "mosquito fleet" (so called because of the half dozen players 168 cm or under) Fitzmaurice was the tallest member of the side at 189 cm.
Fitzmaurice left Essendon after the controversy at the end of the 1924 season when he felt that several Essendon players had deliberately lost a match against Victorian Football Association premiers Footscray.
He played in a premiership team at Geelong Football Club in his first year. Leaving Geelong after 1928, he played with Mortlake and then the VFA side, Yarraville. He returned to the VFL in 1932, playing with North Melbourne. Moving to the forward lines he became their leading goalkicker for three seasons.
Hall of Fame
In 1996 Fitzmaurice was inducted into the Australian Football Hall of Fame.
Champions of Essendon
In 2002 an Essendon panel ranked him at 10 in their Champions of Essendon list of the 25 greatest players ever to have played for Essendon.
- Ross, John (1999). The Australian Football Hall of Fame. Australia: HarperCollinsPublishers. p. 67. ISBN 0-7322-6426-X.