Clyde Helmer

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Clyde Helmer
Clyde Helmer (before 1945).jpg
Personal information
Date of birth 22 April 1916
Date of death 24 April 1945(1945-04-24) (aged 29)
Place of death New Guinea
Original team(s) Mooroopna
Height / weight 184 cm / 80 kg
Playing career1
Years Club Games (Goals)
1937–1941 Geelong 71 (137)
1942 Melbourne 02 00(3)
Total 73 (140)
1 Playing statistics correct to the end of 1942.
Sources: AFL Tables, AustralianFootball.com

Clyde Helmer (22 April 1916 – 24 April 1945) was an Australian rules footballer who played for Geelong and Melbourne in the Victorian Football League (VFL).

A forward, Helmer could torpedo punt on either foot and in 1938, just his second league season, topped Geelong's goalkicking with 74 goals. In a game that year against Fitzroy he kicked a career best eight goals. He crossed to Melbourne in 1942 but could only manage two games.

During World War II Helmer was a Temporary Warrant Officer in the Australian Army and lost his life in New Guinea after a bomb he was trying to defuse exploded.

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References[edit]

  • Clyde Helmer's statistics from AFL Tables
  • Holmesby, Russell and Main, Jim (2007). The Encyclopedia of AFL Footballers. 7th ed. Melbourne: Bas Publishing.