John James (Australian rules footballer)

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John James
Personal information
Full name John James
Nickname(s) Johnny
Date of birth (1934-01-18)18 January 1934
Date of death 8 December 2010(2010-12-08) (aged 76)
Place of death Robinvale, Victoria
Original team(s) St Patrick's College
Height / weight 175 cm / 81 kg
Position(s) Half back flank
Playing career1
Years Club Games (Goals)
1953–1963 Carlton 195 (31)
Representative team honours
Years Team Games (Goals)
1955–1962 Victoria 15 (?)
1 Playing statistics correct to the end of 1963.
2 State and international statistics correct as of 1962.
Career highlights

John James (18 January 1934 – 8 December 2010) was a leading Australian rules footballer in the Victorian Football League (VFL). He won the Brownlow Medal, the highest individual honour in the sport, in 1961.

Recruited from St. Patrick's College, Ballarat,[1] James played for the Carlton Football Club from 1953 to 1963, playing 195 games. He finished third in the 1957 Brownlow Medal count and won the award in 1961.[1] He won the Carlton Best and Fairest three times (in 1955, 1960 and 1961). James was named on the half-back flank in the Carlton Team of the Century.

In his debut season, James played off a half-forward flank and booted the terribly inaccurate figures of eight goals, 43 behinds. Throughout his career he played in a variety of positions, including the backline. After his retirement in 1963, he went to coach Robinvale.[1]

James died in Robinvale, Victoria, on 8 December 2010, following a stroke.[2]


  1. ^ a b c "Carlton great James passes away". ABC Online. Australian Broadcasting Corporation. 8 December 2010. Retrieved 8 December 2010. 
  2. ^ Timms, Daryl (8 December 2010). "Carlton says goodbye to John James". Herald Sun. Retrieved 8 December 2010. 

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