|Full name||John Francis McCorkell|
|Date of birth||2 July 1918|
|Date of death||29 March 1987(aged 68)|
|Original team||North Old Boys (St Josephs)|
|1940-1942, 1946-1953||North Melbourne||167 (5)|
|1954-1955||North Melbourne||37 (14-22-1)|
1 Playing statistics correct to end of 1953 season.
McCorkell was born in Sale, Victoria to parents Francis, a policeman, and Mary. When the family moved to North Melbourne, close to the home ground of what was to become his cherished football club later in life, he made good use of the facilities available. He attended St Josephs CBC North Melbourne between 1932 and 1935 and while there completed his Intermediate Certificate. McCorkell continued his connection with the school through his involvement in its Old Boys Association. In 1951 he was a member of the North Old Boys football team which won the Premiership of the Combined Catholic Old Collegians Association.
The 1953 Golden Jubilee annual of St Josephs College describes him as being a, "...very popular and skillful full-back". It goes on to mention that he also played for Victoria in the States representative team. Interstate matches in Australian rules football were considered very important and a showcase for the talents of its players.
On leaving school McCorkell continued his athletic pursuits and during his early life was considered an excellent runner. In 1935 while competing with the Carlton Harriers he was running faster times than men placed in divisions above his, in particular the 220 yard dash.
In January 1940 McCorkell entered the Australian Army and joined the 6th Battalion with the rank of Private. Three years later he signed for service overseas, and, as a Lance sergeant, became a member of the Australian Special Intelligence Personnel Section before finally being discharged in December 1945.
On his return from army service he resumed his playing career and for the next eight seasons was a valuable member of the North Melbourne team until breaking his leg in 1953. In 1954 he was appointed coach and took the side into the season finals but they were defeated in the first round, eventually placing third on the ladder that year. During the following year the team met stiff opposition from its opponents eventually slipping to eleventh place.
Following the disastrous 1955 season McCorkell announced his retirement from league football. He stated he was unable to provide the effort and time required to carry out the duties of coach at a successful level. This decision was due to two reasons, his study commitments, he was aiming to become an accountant, and commitments to his six children.
McCorkell continued his work in the Public Service after moving to live in Essendon.
- "Jock McCorkell - Player Bio". Australian Football. Retrieved 13 November 2014.
- Club Honour Roll Retrieved on 2 May, 2014 from http://www.nmfc.com.au/club/history/honour-roll
- Review of St. Joseph's Christian Brothers' College North Melbourne 1953. (p133) St Josephs College, North Melbourne
- WOODHOUSE EQUALS HIS OWN RECORD. (1935, November 11). The Argus (Melbourne, Vic. : 1848 - 1957), p. 10. Retrieved May 10, 2014, from http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article11853439
- McCorkell, John Francis (webpage) Retrieved on 7 May 2014 from http://www.ww2roll.gov.au/Veteran.aspx?serviceId=A&veteranId=522856
- Holmesby, Russell. (2007) Encyclopedia of AFL footballers. Melbourne BAS
- Jock McCorkell to Retire from North. (1955, August 9). The Age., p.7. Retrieved on May 11 from http://news.google.com/newspapers?nid=1300&dat=19550809&id=aYYQAAAAIBAJ&sjid=5ZQDAAAAIBAJ&pg=3543,1274451
- Jock McCorkell's statistics from AFL Tables
- Jock McCorkell's profile at the National Archives of Australia
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