Jack Hale

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Jack Hale
Personal information
Date of birth 2 January 1913
Date of death June 25, 2001(2001-06-25) (aged 88)
Original team Abbotsford Juniors
Height/Weight 175 cm / 79 kg
Playing career1
Years Club Games (Goals)
1933-1941 Carlton 123 (78)
Coaching career
Years Club Games (W–L–D)
1948-1949
1952-1959
Total -
South Melbourne
Hawthorn
028 00(9-19-0)
146 0(60-85-1)
174 (69-104-1)
1 Playing statistics correct to end of 1941 season.

Jack Hale (2 January 1913 – 25 June 2001) was an Australian rules footballer who played with Carlton in the VFL during the 1930s before becoming a coach.

Hale played in many positions during his career but was most notably a rover. He represented Victoria at the 1937 Perth Carnival and was a premiership player with Carlton in 1938. A broken leg caused him to retire in 1941 aged just 28.

He returned to the league in 1948 as a non playing coach at South Melbourne, spending two seasons at the club.

In 1950 he was appointed an assistant coach to Bob McCaskill at Hawthorn. When McCaskill's health started to fail he was appointed coach in 1952. Hale became the first man to coach Hawthorn to more than 100 matches, and had the distinction of leading them to their first ever finals appearance in 1957. He stepped down at the end of 1959 when he believed that his successor John Kennedy was ready to take over.


Kennedy often credited Hale as being the one who laid the foundations of the 1961 premiership side.[1] “Jack Hale taught Hawthorn to hate defeat,” said Kennedy.

“When I went to Hawthorn,” Hale said, “I took the Carlton spirit with me. I wanted to create a Hawthorn spirit by encouraging the local kids to become involved. I suppose it was the start of the ‘family club’ tradition.”

Hale had a position on the VFL Umpires Appointment Board 15 years. He was a Life Member of the Carlton Football Club, the Hawthorn Football Club, and the AFL. He diedon the 25 June, 2001 aged 88. [2]


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