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PLAYERS - McKee, George

George McKee

STATISTICS

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Career: 1885 to 1891
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Premierships:1888, 1889, 1891
NFC Life Member

BIO

In 1885, McKee was recruited from the Creswick Football Club which at the time was playing in the Adelaide and Suburban League. It was his small stature which first attracted attention as he stood at just 5 feet and weighed in at 10 stone 9pounds. (153cm and 67.5kg) It became obvious that what he lacked in height and weight he more than made up for in skill, pace and guile. 

The press often referred to him as, “Little McKee.” They also sang his praises and wrote of his rare turn of speed, his ability to take brilliant marks and his cunning.
George was an integral part of a highly successful Norwood side. He played in three premierships and in October 1888 played three games in one week against reigning Victorian premiers, South Melbourne at Kensington Oval. Norwood won all three, thereby claiming the title of Champions of Australia.

George, earlier that year, was involved in what was Norwood’s most unlikely victory when, in a game of Australian Rules, they defeated the visiting English Rugby team at Adelaide Oval.

In 1890 a further honour came his way when he was selected for South Australia to play an intercolonial match against Victoria at the Melbourne Cricket Ground. ( At this time South Australia and Victoria were still colonies.) George McKee had firmly established himself as one of if not the outstanding wingman of his era.

1891 was his final season but it ended in glory with a Grand Final victory over Port Adelaide.

In 1892 George gave up football altogether when he made the decision to join the Benedictine Order.

In 1909 his service to Norwood was recognised with life membership of the club








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