Jack Collins (footballer, born 1930)

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Jack Collins
Personal information
Full name John Charles Collins
Date of birth (1930-01-05)5 January 1930
Date of death 6 July 2008(2008-07-06) (aged 78)
Place of death Werribee
Original team(s) Yarraville Football Club
Playing career
Years Club Games (Goals)
1950–1958 Footscray 154 (385)
Career highlights
Sources: AFL Tables, AustralianFootball.com

John Charles "Jack" Collins (5 January 1930 – 6 July 2008) was an Australian rules footballer who represented Footscray in the Victorian Football League (VFL).

His father, James Collins, who had been the captain-coach of the Yarraville Football Club from 1918 to 1919, played 30 senior games for Essendon from 1919 to 1921.[1]

Collins was recruited to Footscray in 1950 from the Yarraville Football Club and, for the next two years, he won the club's best-and-fairest award (later designated the Charles Sutton Medal).

In 1953, Collins fronted the VFL Tribunal twice. In June he was cleared of a striking charge against South Melbourne captain Ron Clegg,[2] but later in the season was involved in an incident with Collingwood's Frank Tuck. Both players were reported following a fierce fight[3][4] and were subsequently suspended.[5][6] Collins' four-week suspension meant he would miss the finals of the 1953 VFL season in which Footscray finished third.[7]

Collins' return to the side in Round 3 the following season could not have happened sooner. One of the flag favourites, Footscray had lost their first two games to St Kilda and Richmond before they beat South Melbourne by 87 points, Collins starring with eight goals. The following week he would kick nine before half time against Carlton.[8] Collins kicked four goals in the semi-final win over Geelong and then starred in the 1954 VFL Grand Final, kicking seven goals as Footscray claimed their first premiership. Collins ended the season as the VFL Leading Goalkicker with 84 goals. He was the leading goalkicker, again, in the 1957 VFL season with a total of 74 goals.[9]

After retiring from football after 154 games and 385 goals,[10] Collins served as a players representative, then secretary, and finally president of the club. Collins was active in moves to save the Footscray Football Club when the club nearly merged with Fitzroy in 1989.[11]

Collins was a personal friend of murdered lawyer Keith William Allan, and gave evidence at each of the three trials in the Supreme Court of Victoria in which three persons were charged with Allan's murder.[12]


  1. ^ http://afltables.com/afl/stats/players/J/Jim_Collins.html
  2. ^ "Tribunal Clears Footscray Star". The Age (30623). Victoria, Australia. 24 June 1953. p. 10. Retrieved 23 January 2017 – via National Library of Australia. 
  3. ^ "Rose's Brilliance in Magpie Win". The Age. 31 August 1953. p. 12. 
  4. ^ VFL Details: Players Reported, The Argus, (Monday, 31 August 1953), p.16.
  5. ^ "Tribunal Imposes Four-game Ban: Suspensions Force Collins, Tuck out of Finals". The Argus. 2 September 1953. p. 22. 
  6. ^ Tuck, Collins Suspended for Four Weeks: Heavy Blow for Two Semi-Finalists, The Age, (Wednesday, 2 September 1953), p.12.
  7. ^ Jack Collins 1930 - 2008, Western Bulldogs, 7 July 2008.
  8. ^ "The Bulldogs' epic 1954 season: from two games down to premiers". Herald Sun. 28 September 2016. 
  9. ^ Matthews, Bruce; Timms, Daryl (7 July 2008). "Tributes flow in for Jack Collins". Herald Sun. 
  10. ^ Bulldogs great Collins dies, The West Australian, 7 July 2008.
  11. ^ John Lack, Chris McConville, Michael Small, Damien Wright (1996), A History of the Footscray Football Club Unleashed, Aus-Sport Enterprises, Footscray, p.255. ISBN 0-646-26215-7
  12. ^ http://www.theage.com.au/articles/2004/07/30/1091080431940.html

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