George Browning

Challenge Cup Competition - Victorian Football Association
DOB: circa 1858*
DOD: 9 October 1900* North Carlton
Games: 5
Goals: 3
Career: 1875 - 1880

George Richard Browning

George Browning, described as rivalling Carlton's Harry Nudd as Carlton's greatest drop kick in an article written in 1908 in The Argus, August 01. p7.

1875 May 29
Carlton Reserves played North Melbourne on the University paddock. A report in the Bendigo Advertiser said that George Browning was thrown on his head. He continued to play on but with a headache. By Sunday his condition had become critical.
Note: The Carlton team referred to may have been Carlton Imperial, the University paddock was the Imps home ground. However the Imps were a Carlton feeder team so it is possible he had played for the Carlton Second Twenty. His name does appear in the Imps teams this year.

1880 Played 5 senior games

1880 G. Browning scored 3 goals this season.

1880 One of the finest drop-kicks in the colony, played well at first, but grew rather tardy towards the close of the season.
(The Footballer. 1880. p23)

G. Browning won the First Twenty drop kick competition with a kick of 60 yards 2 feet, held at Princes Park on Saturday 9th. Sept. 1880.

-* The Argus October 10 1900,
Mr. George Browning aged 44 passed away October 9 1900.
He was widely known in football and cricketing circles and had been a member of the Carlton Cricket Club for many years.
(Blueseum believe this could be the same person.)

The Bendigo Advertsier October 10 (p3), said that George Richard Browning passed away Tuesday morning October 09 at his residence at 692 Rathdown Street from heart disease. He was chief clerk to the Treasury Tender Board, and had been closely connected with the Carlton Cricket and Football Clubs.
His death notice in the Argus said he was 42 years of age.

"In the Pre-Historic Football Age we were wont to charge right ahead down the centre; but then, if you were tackling Melbourne, there were one or two Obstacales generally in the road - such as the brothers Ireland, the brothers Campbell, Dave Duff, to say nothing of Jem or Jim Byrne, Chubby Forrester, and H. C. A. Harrison; so one astute old Carlton gentleman - Mr. Browning by name (you are quite right, father of the illustrious George) - formulated an idea that these aforesaid Obstacales might be avoided to a certain extent by persuing a zig-zag course toward the enemy's citadel. And that was one of the main reason why Wing play was introduced."
Olympus - The Melbourne Punch, May 01 1890 (p283)
-* probably James (Jim) Byrne - Jem possible spelling mistake.

At the opening of Carlton's new Gardiner Stand Round 9, 1909, the Carlton president Mr. Urquhart presented the Lord Mayor of Melbourne,
"... with an illuminated scroll in commemoration of the occasion, mentioned that the club had now 5,000 members. What would have the old time heroes have said to that? They could nearly always muster 5,000 ardent admirers, but most of the members in those old days were able to drop-kick fifty yards, and some of them, like the late George Browning, with his characteristic twirling drop, could on occasions manage about eighty yards." (Argus June 21)

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