235. Fred Davies

Fred DaviesPlayer/Coach Inductee

Carlton/Longford, Ruckman, 1941-1960

125 games, 60 goals, Carlton, 1941-52
105 games, Longford, 1953-60
Carlton premiership, 1947
Carlton vice captain, 1952
Represented Victoria on two occasions
Longford playing coach, 1953-60
Longford NTFA premierships, 1955, 1957 and 1958
Longford state premiership, 1957
Represented the NTFA on two occasions

Fred ‘Mulga’ Davies was a Carlton champion and vice captain when he made the decision to transfer to Tasmania to become a coach in late 1952. A powerful forward and ruckman, Davies was able to have a tremendous influence over a game. His leadership qualities were without peer both on and off the field. He transformed the Northern Midlands town of Longford in the 1950s to become a force in Tasmanian senior football. The Tigers reached heights that have not been emulated since, including three regional and one state premiership. Davies’ untimely death due to illness robbed the Tasmanian game of a great character and positive influence.