Jack Wells (footballer)
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|Full name||John Wells|
|Date of birth||4 January 1883|
|Place of birth||Stawell, Victoria|
|Date of death||17 December 1966(aged 83)|
|Place of death||Fitzroy, Victoria|
|Original team(s)||Guildford (WAFA Juniors)|
|Height||177 cm (5 ft 10 in)|
|Weight||89 kg (196 lb)|
|Position(s)||Full-forward, centre, ruckman|
|1906–09||St Kilda||39 (4)|
|Representative team honours|
1 Playing statistics correct to the end of 1915.
|Sources: AFL Tables, AustralianFootball.com|
John "Jack" Wells (4 January 1883 – 17 December 1966) was an Australian rules footballer who played for Rovers and Perth in the Western Australian Football Association (WAFA), Kalgoorlie City in the Goldfields Football Association (GFA), St Kilda and Carlton in the Victorian Football League (VFL), and North Melbourne in the Victorian Football Association (VFA).
Originally playing for Rovers, he switched to Perth after the club folded midway through the 1898 season. He represented the Perth Football Club in their inaugural WAFA season and topped their goal kicking in 1904. His tally that year included what was then a club record 11 goals in a match against Subiaco. Before crossing to the VFL he played in the Goldfields Football Association with Kalgoorlie City and was the league's 'Best and fairest' winner in 1905.
He was used in a variety of position during his career, mostly as a centreman, up forward and in the ruck. In his four seasons at St Kilda he struggled with injuries but captained the club in 1907, to their first ever finals appearance, and at the beginning of 1908. He joined Carlton in 1910 and played in their losing Grand Final side that year. In 1912 he was appointed captain and the following season captained-coached Carlton to sixth place. A four-time Victorian interstate representative, Wells was picked to captain his state in a match against South Australia in 1912 but had withdraw due to an injury.
After leaving Carlton, Wells finished his career in the VFA at North Melbourne.