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Dan Minogue
Dan Minogue, holding a Sherrin football,
during his Collingwood career
Personal information
Full name Daniel Thomas Minogue
Date of birth (1891-09-04)4 September 1891
Place of birth Bendigo, Victoria
Date of death 27 July 1961(1961-07-27) (aged 69)
Place of death Repatriation General Hospital,
Heidelberg, Victoria
Original team(s) St Killian's
California Gully
Height 180 cm (5 ft 11 in)
Weight 87 kg (192 lb)
Playing career1
Years Club Games (Goals)
1911–1916 Collingwood 085 (37)
1920–1925 Richmond 094 (38)
1926 Hawthorn 001 0(2)
Total 180 (77)
Coaching career3
Years Club Games (W–L–D)
1920–1925 Richmond 105 00(59–45–1)
1926–1927 Hawthorn 036 000(4–31–1)
1929–1934 Carlton 117 00(85–32–0)
1935–1937 St Kilda 054 00(30–24–0)
1940–1942 Fitzroy 051 00(25–26–0)
Total 363 (203–158–2)
1 Playing statistics correct to the end of 1926.
3 Coaching statistics correct as of 1942.
Career highlights
Sources: AFL Tables, AustralianFootball.com

Daniel Thomas Minogue (4 September 1891 – 27 July 1961) was an Australian rules footballer, who played with three different clubs in the (then) Victorian Football League (VFL), and who was the coach of five different VFL clubs.



The son of Matthew Minogue (1868-1899),[1] and Ellen Minogue (1868-1896), née Madden,[2] Daniel Thomas Minogue was born at Bendigo on 4 September 1891.

He married Ann Marion Morrison (1893-1968) on 30 March 1921.[3]



He was educated at the Marist Brothers' College, Bendigo.



Collingwood (VFL)


Minogue was considered a courageous, or perhaps reckless, centre half-back. On one occasion he sustained a broken collarbone playing for Collingwood Football Club in the first minute of the 1911 VFL Grand Final and then played out the entire match.

The Third Australian Divisional Team: 28 October 1916.[4] Minogue is the fifth player from left, in the middle row.

Third Divisional team (AIF)


While serving in World War I, Minogue vice-captained the (winning) Third Australian Divisional team in the famous "Pioneer Exhibition Game" of Australian Rules football, held in London, in October 1916. A news film was taken at the match.[5][6]

Richmond (VFL)


Unhappy at Collingwood's treatment of his friend and former teammate, Jim Sadler, during the war, Minogue demanded a transfer to Richmond on his return from AIF service during World War I[7][8] created ill feeling and he had to stand out of competition for twelve months in order to secure the transfer.



In addition to playing at three VFL clubs (Collingwood, Richmond, and Hawthorn) he also coached at five VFL clubs (Richmond, Hawthorn, Carlton, St Kilda, and Fitzroy) — a record which (as of June 2022) is yet to be equalled.

VFL players' advocate


In August 1947, he was appointed as the official VFL players's advocate; a position he held until his death.[9]



He died at the Repatriation General Hospital, in Heidelberg, Victoria, on 27 July 1961.[10][11]

Hall of fame


In 1996 Minogue was inducted into the Australian Football Hall of Fame.

See also



  1. ^ Death of a young Bendigonian, The Bendigo Advertiser, (Friday, 7 April 1899), p.2.
  2. ^ Death: Minogue, The Bendigo Advertiser, (Wednesday, 21 October 1896, p.2.
  3. ^ Orange Blossom: Mr. Daniel Minogue to Miss Annie Morrison, The Richmond Guardian, (Saturday, 9 April 1921), p.4.
  4. ^ Detail of Organised by Australian Olympic swimmer Lieutenant Frank Beaurepaire, etc., in the collection of the Australian War Memorial (Accession number: H16689).
  5. ^ The original newsreel: Australian Football (Pathé Newsreel, 1916) on YouTube
  6. ^ The 2019 remastered and colourised version of the original newsreel: Australian Football (Pathé Newsreel, 1916), remastered and colourised version (2019) on YouTube
  7. ^ "Daniel Thomas Minogue". National Archives of Australia.
  8. ^ "Former skipper Dan Minogue, a close friend who worked with Sadler at the South Melbourne gasworks, had become intensely unhappy with what he felt had been the club’s unfair treatment of his mate. It was never clearly articulated, but he seems to have believed that Sadler wasn’t given the opportunities he deserved across 1916-17. So even though Sadler’s retirement letter betrayed no bitterness, Minogue was furious. And his fury festered while serving his country in France during the First World War. So deep-seated was Minogue’s anger that, when he came home in 1919, he stunned the football world by refusing to play with Collingwood, opting instead for Richmond." (Jim Sadler (1908-1917), at Collingwood Forever)
  9. ^ Poaching Alleged, The Age, (Saturday, 30 August 1947), p.5.
  10. ^ Deaths: Minogue, The Age, (Friday, 28 July 1961), p.15.
  11. ^ Mr. Dan NNMinogue's Funeral Today, The Age, (Friday, 28 July 1961), p.20.