David "Dolly" Christy
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Personal information
Full name David Christy
Date of birth (1869-07-03)3 July 1869
Place of birth Ballarat, Victoria
Date of death 2 July 1919(1919-07-02) (aged 49)
Place of death Adelaide, South Australia[1]
Original team(s) Ballarat
Position(s) Ruckman, centre half-forward
Playing career1
Years Club Games (Goals)
1885–1888 Ballarat 44 (18) [2]
1891–1896 Melbourne 88 (67)
1896–1897 Fremantle 11 (1)
1897 Imperials 6 (0)
1898–1912 East Fremantle 196 (191)
Total 345 (277)
1 Playing statistics correct to the end of 1912.
Career highlights
  • Fremantle
    • Premiership player: 1896 (1)
  • East Fremantle
    • Captain: 1898–1900
    • Premiership player: 1900, 1902-1904, 1906, 1908-1911 (9)
Source: AustralianFootball.com

David "Dolly" Christy (3 July 1869 – 2 July 1919) was an Australian rules footballer in the West Australian Football League (WAFL).

Christy was a highly successful ruckman and centre half-forward who was one of the founders of football in Western Australia. He began his career with Ballarat, who resigned from the VFA in 1888; after two years of local premiership matches, he crossed to Melbourne in the VFA, playing there from 1891 until 1896.

He became a driving force in establishing football in Western Australia, playing sixteen of his twenty-six seasons there. He played with Fremantle and with Imperials, and upon the latter club's dissolution, was a co-founder of the East Fremantle Football Club in 1898.

Christy retired in 1912, a week before his 43rd birthday, and his career total of 345 matches remained an elite Australian rules football record until it was broken by Graham "Polly" Farmer in Round 11 of the 1971 WANFL season.

Christy's 26 career seasons and ten career premierships (equal with Alfred "Topsy" Waldron) are both records for elite Australian rules football as of 2022; given the nature of the modern game, these records are highly unlikely to ever be broken.[3]

In 1996, Christy was inducted into the Australian Football Hall of Fame, and in 2004 he was inducted to the WA Football Hall of Fame.

References

  1. ^ "Family Notices". The Ballarat Star. Vol. 64, no. 19668. Victoria, Australia. 3 July 1919. p. 4.
  2. ^ These tallies refer to matches against senior opposition only.
  3. ^ Ross, John (1999). The Australian Football Hall of Fame. Australia: HarperCollinsPublishers. p. 47. ISBN 0-7322-6426-X.