Vic Cumberland

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Vic Cumberland
Personal information
Full name Harry Vivian Cumberland
Date of birth (1877-07-04)4 July 1877
Place of birth Toorak, Victoria
Date of death 5 July 1927(1927-07-05) (aged 50)
Original team Brighton (Tasmania)
Height/Weight 182 cm / 86.5 kg
Playing career1
Years Club Games (Goals)
St Kilda
Auckland Imperial
St Kilda
St Kilda
St Kilda
50 (15)

26 (20)

28 (20)

62 (31)
10 0(1)
1 Playing statistics correct to end of 1920 season.
Career highlights

Harold Vivian "Vic" Cumberland (4 July 1877 – 5 July 1927), also known as Harry Cumberland,[1] was an Australian rules footballer in the Victorian Football League (VFL) and the South Australian National Football League (SANFL).

Initially playing senior football in Tasmania, Cumberland returned to Victoria and played with VFL club Melbourne from 1898 to 1901. Later he had several periods at rival VFL club St Kilda, starting in 1903. In 1905 and 1906 Cumberland spent time in New Zealand and played for the Auckland Imperial Football Club in the Australian Football League of Auckland.

After returning to Australia and another stint with St Kilda, Cumberland moved to South Australia in 1909 to play with SANFL club Sturt, winning the league's Magarey Medal award as the fairest and most brilliant in 1911, his final year with the club.

Cumberland was immensely strong and a natural running ruckman. He was a strong mark and an excellent long kick, with the skill to grab the ball from the ruck and handpass to a team-mate.[2]

The oldest player to ever play VFL football at 43 years of age. He went to World War I and was wounded three times.[2] He died in a motorcycle accident in 1927.


  1. ^ Ross (1996), has him as "Vic Cumberland" at pp.41, 58, 59, 64, 82, 83, 104; yet, on pp.125, he has him as "Harry Cumberland" — and the entire set of pages is indexed on p.374 under "Harry Cumberland". Also see Full Points Footy Biography: Harry Cumberland where he is listed as "Harry Cumberland".
  2. ^ a b Ross, (1999), p.56.


  • Maplestone, M., Flying Higher: History of the Essendon Football Club 1872–1996, Essendon Football Club, (Melbourne), 1996. ISBN 0-9591740-2-8
  • Ross, J. (ed), 100 Years of Australian Football 1897–1996: The Complete Story of the AFL, All the Big Stories, All the Great Pictures, All the Champions, Every AFL Season Reported, Viking, (Ringwood), 1996. ISBN 0-670-86814-0
  • Ross, J. (ed), The Australian Football Hall of Fame, HarperCollinsPublishers, (Ryde), 1999. ISBN 0-7322-6426-X
  • New Zealand Herald, 8 May 1905, 15 May 1905, 14 July 1906 and 11 August 1906

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