|Full name||Glenn Robert James|
Glenn Robert James OAM is a former Australian rules football umpire in the Victorian Football League. James umpired the 1982 and 1984 VFL Grand Finals and is recognised as the only Indigenous Australian to umpire VFL or AFL football.
James was the tenth child in a family of 14. His father, an Indigenous Australian of the Yorta Yorta people, worked in the Ardmona Cannery in Shepparton. The young James attended school at Gowrie Street School in Shepparton.
In 1968 James was drafted into the Australian Army and spent a year in Vietnam during the Vietnam War. James is one of two VFL umpires to have served in Vietnam, the other being goal umpire Trevor Pescud.
After starting his umpiring career in country football, James umpired 166 VFL matches between 1977 and 1985 including the 1982 and 1984 VFL Grand Finals, and was the umpire selected in the Indigenous Team of the Century.
As an umpire James faced abuse from spectators on the basis of his racial background. In 1978 as a result of the nature of the abuse of James, lawyer Greg Lyons studied the legality of this abuse.
In 1985 James was President of the Victorian Football League Umpires Association.
Post football career
Between 1994 and 1996 James was AFL Assistant Umpires Coach.
He has a Bachelor of Education degree as well as a Diploma of Technical Teaching. James was a lecturer at Swinburne University for many years. Glen James taught graphic arts at Box Hill Technical College in the 1970's - 1980's.
In 2008 James with former umpires Peter Cameron, John Sutcliffe and Andrew Coates; and then-current AFL umpires Scott McLaren, Mathew James and Ray Chamberlain recorded a song entitled The Man In White.
- Victorian Aborigine of the Year: 1984
- Life Member of the Victorian Football League Umpires Association: 1984
- Medal of the Order of Australia: 1987
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