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24. Fred Baring

PROFILE

He was one of the greatest ruckmen-defenders ever to play with Essendon during his 15-year career. He was captain in 1918 before stepping down through an illness which kept him out for much of 1919.

In his second year in 1911, Baring played a magnificent game in the Grand Final. He single handedly eluded several opponents to boot the sealing goal in one of the greatest solo efforts to that time.

He also starred in the ruck in the 1912 premiership win and later, in the twilight of his career, he was full back in both the 1923 and 1924 premiership teams.

In 1913 he won the Holstein Lager Company trophy, for the best League player of the year. He represented Victoria in 1911, 1913 and 1919.

As well as being a champion footballer, he was also a State cricketer. In 1914, he was chosen in the Australian Eleven to tour South Africa before the tour was cancelled because of the war. Baring died in 1961.

CAREER STATISTICS

Played 1910-15, 1918-24
Games 155
Goals 92
Premiership player -1911,1912,1923,1924
Grand Final appearances - 1911,1912,1923,1924
Finals played - 10
EFC Captain 1918 (8 games)
EFC Best & Fairest 1913
Victorian Rep 1911,1913,1914,1919