Jim Cleary (Australian rules footballer)

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Jim Cleary
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Personal information
Nickname(s) Gentleman Jim[1]
Date of birth 13 July 1914
Original team Thornbury CYMS
Height/Weight 183cm / 89kg
Playing career1
Years Club Games (Goals)
1934-1948 South Melbourne 222 (6)
1 Playing statistics correct to end of 1948 season.

Jim Cleary (born 13 July 1914, date of death unknown) was an Australian rules footballer who played for South Melbourne in the Victorian Football League (VFL).

Cleary played as a fullback and won two best and fairest awards for South Melbourne, in 1942 and 1944. His reputation was marred somewhat by his involvement in what is referred to as the 1945 VFL Grand Final 'bloodbath'. For his part in the incident he was suspended for 8 matches. He left the club in 1948 and went on to become captain and coach of Port Melbourne. After a successful stint with Port he continued his coaching career at both Brunswick and Dandenong. He remained involved in the game even after retiring as a coach, becoming a panelist on a TV show called 'World of Sport'.


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