John Beckwith (footballer)
|Full name||John Beckwith|
|Date of birth||16 September 1932|
|Original team(s)||Black Rock|
|Height / weight||180cm / 76kg|
1 Playing statistics correct to the end of 1960.
3 Coaching statistics correct as of 1970.
|Sources: AFL Tables, AustralianFootball.com|
Beckwith made his debut in round one against Essendon at Windy Hill. Essendon had been premiers the previous year and as such it was the unfurling of the 1950 premiership flag. The players had to line up, and General Sir Dallas Brooks, the Governor of Victoria, came past. Beckwith was only 19 years of age, and meeting the governor as well as playing his first game of VFL football was a nerve-wracking experience, although he did end up kicking a goal.
Beckwith spent five years as captain-coach of Colac Football Club in the Hampden Football League from 1961–1965. Under his guildance Colac won two premierships and were runners up twice.
Beckwith was an assistant coach at Melbourne in 1966. He coached Melbourne from 1967 to 1970 for 19 wins and 46 losses.
He was named in the back pocket in Melbourne 'Team of the Century'.