DOB: 7 August 1903
Died: 4 September 1937
Debut: Round 1, 1925 against St. Kilda at MCG
Last MFC Game: Round 12, 1925 against St. Kilda at Junction Oval
From: St Patricks Albury/Essendon Juniors/Sturt
Number: 5 (1925)
Victorian state player - 1925
Games: 12 (29 total)
Goals: 4 (9 total)
Gerald 'Gerry' Donnelly was a wingman who started his career with Essendon Juniors before transferring to South Australia. Returning to Victoria he debuted strongly with the Redlegs and was selected for Victoria in his first year before the league ruled that he was ineligible to play for Melbourne under zoning rules. He had lived in North Melbourne's zone before moving to South Australia.
As a result he moved to the Shinboners the next year and captain-coached them during the season. In 1927 he moved to Albury as part of his employment and coached St Patrick's. He returned to North in 1930. After his opportunities with the Shinboners dried up he moved to Essendon during the season for three games more.
His brother Andy played 12 games for Essendon in 1920 and 1921, and he was also cousin of Essendon player Charlie Hardy.
Family at other clubs
Some sources show him being from Hunter FC not Sturt, and from CBC St Kilda not Albury.
Argus - 30/04/1925
Argus - 08/08/1925
Albury Banner and Wodonga Express - 13/05/1927
Albury Banner and Wodonga Express - 10/09/1937
Weekly Times - 11/09/1937
Boyles Football Photos
Essendon FC profile