Charles Abbott (footballer)

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Charles Abbott
Personal information
Full name Charles Percy Abbott
Date of birth (1939-06-10) 10 June 1939 (age 77)
Place of birth Finley, New South Wales
Original team(s) University Blues
Height/Weight 180 cm / 76 kg
Playing career1
Years Club Games (Goals)
1961–1963 Hawthorn 17 (4)
1 Playing statistics correct to the end of 1963.

Charles Percy Abbott (born 10 June 1939) is a former Australian rules footballer who played with Hawthorn in the Victorian Football League (VFL), a polo player, and the recipient of the Australian Sports Medal.

Education[edit]

Educated at Caulfield Grammar School (Dux of school, 1956)[1][2] — where he was a member of the school's athletic team, First IV (tennis), First XI (cricket), as well as its First XVIII (football)[3] — and at the University of Melbourne where he gained a LL.B. in 1962.[4]

Football[edit]

In 1958, he played for Caulfield Grammarians Football Club in C-Section of the Victorian Amateur Football Association (VAFA). In 1959, he played for Trinity College in the University of Melbourne's Inter-College Championship and was selected as the best and fairest player for that year's competition.[5]

Playing at centre, he was best on the ground in the University Blues' 1960 upset VAFA A-Section Grand Final win over Old Melburnians Football Club, 9.10 (64) to 6.6 (42).[6][7][8]

Recruited from University Blues, and granted a permit in March 1961,[9] he played just 17 games in three years at Hawthorn. He played his last match, at centre, for Hawthorn in its 1963 Semi-Final loss to Geelong. He was replaced by Ron Nalder in both the Preliminary Final against Melbourne, and the Grand Final against Geelong. He retired from football just before the 1964 season in order to concentrate on his legal studies.[10]

Polo[edit]

A talented polo player with the Hexham Club (as was Carlton's John Goold),[11][12] Abbott was awarded the Australian Sports Medal on 24 October 2000 for services to polo as both a player and an administrator. He served as President of the Victorian Polo Association from 1983 to 1992; and, in 1992, was made a life member.

Law[edit]

Holding a Legal Practising Certificate, he is a member of the Law Institute of Victoria, and a Fellow of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.

Abbot has also held chairmanships and directorships of publicly listed property companies and trusts, private equity and corporate services companies and publicly listed international insurance companies, including Norwich Union Group for 21 years (Deputy Chairman), Norwich Winterthur Insurance Limited and Norwich Union Life Assurance Limited; and he has also carried out pro bono work involving fund raising and management, serving variously as Chairman of the Trinity College Foundation (University of Melbourne), as member of the Finance committee of the Murdoch Institute, and as a Director of the Hawthorn Football Club Foundation.

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