Charlie Tyson

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Charlie Tyson
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Personal information
Full name Charles Edward Tyson
Date of birth 14 November 1897
Place of birth St Arnaud, Victoria
Date of death 23 September 1985(1985-09-23) (aged 87)
Original team(s) Kalgoorlie Railways
Height 183 cm (6 ft 0 in)
Weight 81 kg (179 lb)
Playing career1
Years Club Games (Goals)
1920–1926 Collingwood 106 (42)
1927–1929 North Melbourne 038 (38)
Total 144 (80)
Coaching career
Years Club Games (W–L–D)
1928–1929 North Melbourne 23 (5–18–0)
1 Playing statistics correct to the end of 1929.
Sources: AFL Tables,

Charles Edward Tyson (14 November 1897 – 23 September 1985)[1] was an Australian rules footballer who played with Collingwood and North Melbourne in the Victorian Football League during the 1920s.

VFL career[edit]

Recruited to Collingwood from Western Australian based Goldfields Football League side Kalgoorlie Railways, Tyson was a half back flanker and made his VFL debut in 1920. He was named club captain in 1924 and despite not making the finals in his first season in charge he led them to Grand Finals in the next two. It was in the 1926 VFL Grand Final that he found himself in significant controversy.

Collingwood lost the match to Melbourne by 57 points and Tyson was accused of 'playing dead'. To this day it is unclear whether the allegations hold water but what was known is that the Collingwood committee considered his relaxed and laid back demeanor as inappropriate for a club captain and were possibly looking for an excuse to get rid of him. Disgruntled with the allegations, Tyson received a clearance to move to North Melbourne for the 1927 VFL season. Tyson topped North Melbourne's goal kicking in his first season with the club and subsequently became captain-coach. He was re-appointed coach in 1929.[2] North's committee were not impressed when their Captain-coach was injured paying in an midweek competition.[3] Things came to a head and Tyson resigned his position.[4] A month later Tyson sort and got a clearance to Yarraville.[5]

In 1932 Tyson was appointed the coach of the Richmond second XVIII.[6]


Tyson came from a leading Western Australian footballing family; his father Charles Snr, also played for Kalgoorlie Railways, as well as fellow Goldfields' club Coolgardie, and Western Australian Football League (WAFL) clubs East Fremantle and Midland Junction. Charles Sr also represented WA on three occasions, and had six brothers who all played football to a high standard:

Additionally, Sam's son Ted Tyson played for West Perth from 1930 to 1945, kicking 1203 goals.[7]


  1. ^ "Charlie Tyson". Collingwood Forever. Retrieved 6 December 2014.
  2. ^ "Tyson Again Coach of North Melbourne". Herald. 25 January 1929.
  3. ^ "General Gossip from Club Centres - Keep the Field Clear - the Herald (Melbourne, Vic. : 1861 - 1954) - 17 May 1929".
  4. ^ ""Jumbo" Sharland Discusses the Teams' Prospects". Sporting Globe. 29 May 1929.
  5. ^ "Tyson Granted Permit". Herald. 20 June 1929.
  6. ^ "Tyson to Coach "Cubs"". Herald. 27 February 1932.
  7. ^ Atkinson, p. 130.


  • Atkinson, G. (1982) Everything you ever wanted to know about Australian rules football but couldn't be bothered asking, The Five Mile Press: Melbourne. ISBN 0 86788 009 0.

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