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Charlie McSwain



Career : 1925 - 1930
Debut: Round 6, 1925 vs Fitzroy, aged 23 years, 239 days
Carlton Player No. 415
Games : 68
Goals : 13
Last Game : Round 14, 1930 vs North Melbourne, aged 28 years, 308 days
Guernsey No. 3
Height: 181 cm (5 ft. 11 in.)
Weight: 79 kg (12 stone, 6 lbs.)
DOB: 12 October, 1901




A willing and versatile footballer who joined the Blues from VFA colleagues Preston in 1925, Charles Farquar McSwain wore guernsey number 3 in 68 senior games over six seasons. A popular clubman and an effective follower-defender, he was born in St Arnaud in Northern Victoria in 1901. He grew up playing football in the local district before finding his way to Preston, and from there was invited to Princes Park.

Charlie spent much of his debut season with Carlton at half-forward, and although he kicked only one goal in his first dozen games, his unselfishness and vigorous team play set up many scoring opportunities. Late in his second season he was shifted to half-back, and from then on, he was a regular in defence.

Charlie waited five years to experience his first final with the Blues, being stationed at full-back when Richmond beat Carlton by 6 points in a titanic 1929 Preliminary Final. Then in 1930, he played his last VFL game in very memorable circumstances in round 14 at Princes Park, when the Blueboys slaughtered North Melbourne by a record 128 points.

The following year, McSwain was cleared to Northcote, where he created a formidable first ruck combination with future Carlton coach Percy Rowe. The Brickfielders went all the way to consecutive Grand Finals in 1931-’32, losing narrowly to Oakleigh at the first attempt, before defeating Coburg comfortably the following year. After winning that flag, Charlie accepted an offer to return to Preston as captain-coach, and finished off more than a decade of VFL-VFA football with two years in charge of the Bullants.

In his later years, Charlie returned to live in country Victoria. He passed away at Mildura on October 12, 1976 - his 75th birthday.

Footnote

At the St. Patrick's Sports Day held in Bendigo March 22 1930, Charlie McSwain won the two prinicpal races held that day. He won the Sheffield Handicap of 130 yards (12 secs), and the Sprint handicap of 75 yards (7 secs). See The Argus report Trove: http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article4076947

Milestones

50 Games: Round 16, 1928 Vs North Melbourne

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