Jack Hale (Australian footballer)

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Jack Hale
Personal information
Date of birth 2 January 1913
Date of death 25 June 2001(2001-06-25) (aged 88)
Original team(s) Abbotsford Juniors
Height 175 cm (5 ft 9 in)
Weight 79 kg (174 lb)
Playing career1
Years Club Games (Goals)
1933–1941 Carlton 123 (78)
Coaching career
Years Club Games (W–L–D)
1948–1949 South Melbourne 028 00(9–19–0)
1952–1959 Hawthorn 146 0(61–84–1)
Total 174 (70–103–1)
1 Playing statistics correct to the end of 1941.
Sources: AFL Tables, AustralianFootball.com

Jack Hale (2 January 1913 – 25 June 2001) was an Australian rules footballer who played with Carlton in the VFL during the 1930s before becoming a coach. He married Jean Margaret Reynolds in 1940 and they stayed married until his death.

Playing career[edit]

Hale played in many positions during his career but was most notably a rover. He represented Victoria at the 1937 Perth Carnival as first rover, demoting the legendary Dick Reynolds to second rover. He earn the wrath of the Perth crowd when he use the place kick in the dying minutes of the match to waste time. The following year he was a premiership player with Carlton in 1938. Hale broke his leg in a match against Richmond and the break caused him to retire in 1941, aged just 28. Hale was unable to walk for two years and spent seven months in Epsworth Hospital enduring operations and bone grafts.


Unable to play, Hale became the Reserve grade coach at Carlton for five seasons before moving to South Melbourne in 1948 to be an assistant coach under Bill Adams. Within months Adams was gone so Hale became non playing coach at South Melbourne, spending two seasons at the club.[1]

In 1950 he was appointed an assistant coach to Bob McCaskill at Hawthorn.[2] He was dismayed at the attitude at the club when he first arrived. "By being cruel, crude and brutal I bullied the players into getting self-esteem and respect for their colours" he once told a reporter.

When McCaskill's health started to fail he was appointed caretaker coach in 1952.[3] In June 1952 McCaskill died and Hale was formally appointed for the next three years.[4] Hale became the first man to coach Hawthorn to more than 100 matches, and had the distinction of leading them to their first ever finals appearance in 1957. He stepped down at the end of 1959 when he believed that his successor John Kennedy was ready to take over.

Kennedy often credited Hale as being the one who laid the foundations of the 1961 premiership side.[5] "Jack Hale taught Hawthorn to hate defeat," said Kennedy. "When I went to Hawthorn," Hale said, "I took the Carlton spirit with me. I wanted to create a Hawthorn spirit by encouraging the local kids to become involved. I suppose it was the start of the ‘family club’ tradition."

Hale had a position on the VFL Umpires Appointment Board 15 years. He was a Life Member of the Carlton Football Club, the Hawthorn Football Club, and the AFL. He died on 25 June 2001 aged 88.[6]


  1. ^ Coach invited to resign, page 5, The News 30 June 1948
  2. ^ "HALE TO COACH AT HAWTHORN". 3 February 1950. p. 17 – via Trove.
  3. ^ "HAWKS NAME COACH". 12 March 1952. p. 9 – via Trove.
  4. ^ "Hawks' Coach Job to Hale". 2 July 1952. p. 8 – via Trove.
  5. ^ "Jack Hale - Good Old Collingwood Forever". wordpress.com. Retrieved 25 June 2016.
  6. ^ "Jack Hale : Blueseum - Online Carlton Football Club Museum". blueseum.org. Retrieved 25 June 2016.

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