Dick Jones (Australian footballer)

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Dick Jones
Personal information
Full name Richard Henry Jones[1]
Date of birth (1926-06-05) 5 June 1926 (age 90)
Place of birth Goomalling, Western Australia
Original team(s) East Fremantle
Height / weight 173 cm / 72 kg
Position(s) Rover
Playing career1
Years Club Games (Goals)
1949, 1951 South Melbourne 19 (28)
Coaching career
Years Club Games (W–L–D)
1957–1958 West Torrens 37 (18–17–2)
1 Playing statistics correct to the end of 1958.
Sources: AFL Tables, AustralianFootball.com

Richard Henry "Dick" Jones (born 5 June 1926) was an Australian rules footballer who played with South Melbourne in the Victorian Football League (VFL).[2]

Jones, a rover, joined South Melbourne from East Fremantle, but hailed from rural Western Australia.

He kicked a goal in all but one of his 17 games and topped South Melbourne's goal-kicking with 27 majors.[3] During the year he was acting vice-captain.

In 1950 he returned to Western Australia and captain-coached Boulder City to a Goldfields National Football League premiership.

Jones resumed his VFL career in 1951 but only appeared in the opening two rounds of the season.[3]

The next stage of his career was spent in South Australia, starting at Glenelg in 1952. He stopped playing football at the end of the year and concentrated on his police career, before returning briefly in 1956.

In 1957 he was appointed captain-coach of West Torrens and guided them to a fourth-place finish that year. He retired as a player in 1958 but stayed on as coach and was then involved in controversy when he chose to delist aging club great Bob Hank.[4]

He was a television and radio commentator in the SANFL during the 1970s and 1980s.

References[edit]

  1. ^ WW2 Nominal Roll: Richard Henry Jones
  2. ^ Holmesby, Russell; Main, Jim (2007). The Encyclopedia Of AFL Footballers. BAS Publishing. ISBN 978-1-920910-78-5. 
  3. ^ a b AFL Tables: Dick Jones
  4. ^ Police Journal Online - August 2008 Edition (PDF)