Henry Young (footballer)

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Henry Young
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Personal information
Full name Henry Young
Date of birth(1873-05-16)16 May 1873 [1]
Place of birth Geelong
Date of death 9 January 1923(1923-01-09) (aged 49)
Place of death Geelong Swimming Baths
Height 191 cm (6 ft 3 in)
Weight 90 kg (198 lb)
Playing career1
YearsClubGames (Goals)
1892–1896 Geelong (VFA)047 0(9)
1897–1910 Geelong 167 (76)
Total214 (85)
Representative team honours
YearsTeamGames (Goals)
Victoria 7 (5)
1 Playing statistics correct to the end of 1910.
Career highlights
  • Geelong best and fairest 1905, 1906
  • Geelong captain 1901–1909
  • Geelong Team of the Century
Sources: AFL Tables, AustralianFootball.com

Henry "Tracker" Young (16 May 1873 – 9 January 1923) was an Australian rules footballer in the Victorian Football League (VFL). [2] A successful participant in numerous sports he was master of them all. He commanded respect whether it was on the football field, the boxing ring, riding in the Melbourne to Warrnambool road race, or rowing on Corio Bay.

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Tracker's fitness was that impressive that it is well known that he ran 30 plus kilometres along the beach to the game, play four quarters in the ruck and then ran 30 kilometres back home.

Family

The son of Samuel Young (1840–1923), [3] and Margaret Young (–1926), [4] née Calhoun, Henry Young was born in Geelong on 16 May 1873. [5]

He married Ruby May Gaylard (1886–1940) in 1920. Ruby remarried in 1923. [6] Both she and her second husband, Leslie Alexander Eastgate, died as the result of an accident on 20 December 1940. [7]

Football

Young was an outstanding tap-ruckman who was allegedly never beaten in a game. Tracker was recruited from Wellington, a local team and first played in the Victorian Football Association days.

A supremely athletic and fit person, it allowed him to ruck for four quarters, often brilliantly and with a dominating effect on his opponents, such was the consistency of his play the opposing rovers tried to feed off his hit outs. Strong and courageous, and a magnificent high mark he displayed a cool temperament and always at the forefront of protecting his teammates with effective shepherding.

Tracker sustained serious injury problems in 1898 and 1899, however he made a strong comeback and throughout his career provided tremendous service and was inspirational to his teammates as club captain (137 games as captain).

Tracker also won the Geelong Best and Fairest Award (pre-Carji Greeves Medal) in 1905 and 1906. [8]

Rowing

An outstanding oarsman, he was the honorary rowing coach of Geelong College from 1917 until his death in 1923. [9] [10]

Death

Young died of heart failure — "having been under special treatment for heart trouble during the last four months" [11] — at the age of 49, shortly after a swim. [12] [13] [14] [15]

"With the death of Henry Young Geelong has lost its greatest athlete. As a citizen and a comrade the loss is still greater. He was a good club man and friend, and played the game, no matter what it might be, with all the vigor and power that was in him. He took care that he was always physically fit, and gave of his best to the side, and help to a mate who needed it in a hard contest. To friend and foe alike, he always played his hardest, but always played the game, with the result that he had not an enemy among those against whom he competed. At the close of a contest, no matter how vigorous it was, or how the result went, he would give or accept congratulations, knowing that, on his part, there was no incident to have regret over. He was never happier than when imparting knowledge to a beginner."
Charles Brownlow (chairman of the Australian Football Council, and secretary of the Geelong Football Club). [16]

Recognition

In 1996 he was inducted (as one of 138 inductees) into the inaugural AFL Hall of Fame. [17] [18] [19]

In 1996, he was named as the resting forward-pocket ruckman in the Geelong Football Club's Team of the Century; [20] and, in 2002, he was declared to be one of the Geelong Football Club Legends, among the inaugural group of 20 highly significant former players. [21]

See also

Footnotes

  1. "Family Notices". Geelong Advertiser. Geelong, Victoria. 17 May 1873. p. 2.
  2. Holmesby, Russell; Main, Jim (2014). The Encyclopedia of AFL Footballers: every AFL/VFL player since 1897 (10th ed.). Melbourne, Victoria: Bas Publishing. p. 980. ISBN   978-1-921496-32-5 .
  3. Death of Mr. Samuel Young, The Geelong Advertiser, (Friday, 16 February 1923), p.5.
  4. Late Mrs. Margaret Young, The Geelong Advertiser, (Saturday, 13 March 1926), p.14.
  5. Birth: Young, The Geelong Advertiser, (Saturday, 17 May 1873), p.2.
  6. Application for Transfer of Victualler's License, (Saturday, 14 April 1923), p.7.
  7. Deaths: Eastgate, The (Melbourne) Herald, (Saturday, 21 December 1940), p.26; First Holiday Tragedy: 2 Killed in Smash, The Argus, (Saturday, 21 December 1940), p.1.
  8. Ross, John (1999). The Australian Football Hall of Fame. Australia: HarperCollinsPublishers. p. 139. ISBN   0-7322-6426-X.
  9. Rowing, The Geelong Advertiser, (Friday, 12 January 1923), p.2.
  10. Heritage Guide to The Geelong College: Young, Henry (1873-1923).
  11. 'J.W.', "Football: Death of Henry Young", The Australasian, (Saturday, 13 January 1923), p.22.
  12. Deaths: Young, The (Melbourne) Herald, (Tuesday, 9 January 1923), p.3.
  13. Death of Henry Young: Geelong's Greatest Athlete: Sudden End While Bathing, The Geelong Advertiser, (Wednesday, 10 January 1923), p.5.
  14. Late Mr. Henry Young: Impressive Funeral: Old Comrades Foregather, The Geelong Advertiser, (Thursday, 11 January 1923), p.3.
  15. "FOOTBALL". The Daily News. XLII (14, 899). Western Australia. 18 January 1923. p. 2.
  16. Henry Young Mourned: Leaders Pay Tribute, The Sporting Globe, (Saturday, 13 January 1923), p.6.
  17. AFL Hall of Fame
  18. About the Australian Hall of Fame, The Australian Football Hall of Fame.
  19. Players Inducted: Henry Young (Geelong), The Australian Football Hall of Fame.
  20. Team of the Century, geelongcats.com.au.
  21. Geelong Football Club Legends, geelongcats.com.au.

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