Jack Kirby (Australian footballer)

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Jack Kirby
Personal information
Date of birth 1 July 1889
Date of death 11 March 1939(1939-03-11) (aged 49)
Original team Prahran juniors
Height/Weight 170 cm / 70 kg
Position(s) Small foward, half-back flank
Playing career1
Years Club Games (Goals)
1911–15, 1918 Essendon 77 (113)
1 Playing statistics correct to end of 1918 season.

Jack Kirby (1 July 1889 – 11 March 1939) was an Australian rules footballer who played with Essendon in the Victorian Football League (VFL).

Kirby was a small forward and is the earliest known player to have kicked a goal with his first kick in the VFL. He had a good start to his career from a team point of view as well, not experiencing a loss until his 15th game. Kirby topped Essendon's goal-kicking in 1912 with 43 goals and again the following season when he kicked 29 goals. He was a member of Essendon's premiership teams in 1911 and 1912.