Keith Shea

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Keith Shea
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Personal information
Full name Keith Sylvester Shea
Date of birth 10 August 1914
Date of death 27 February 1951(1951-02-27) (aged 36)
Place of death Albury, New South Wales
Original team(s) Bacchus Marsh
Height 175 cm (5 ft 9 in)
Weight 78 kg (172 lb)
Playing career
Years Club Games (Goals)
1932–1937 Carlton 91 (101)
1938–1939 Subiaco 37 (69)
1940 South Fremantle 17 (14)
1945 Hawthorn 8 (8)
Coaching career
Years Club Games (W–L–D)
1940 South Fremantle 22 (16–6–0)
1945–1946 Hawthorn 39 (9–30–0)
Sources: AFL Tables,

Keith Sylvester Shea (10 August 1914 – 27 February 1951) was an Australian rules footballer who played at high levels in both Victoria and Western Australia. His senior playing career spanned from 1932 to 1945, although it was interrupted by the war.

Shea was a half forward and played with Carlton from 1932 to 1937. He polled well in the Brownlow Medal, the closest he came to winning was in 1934 where he fell 2 votes short with an equal 3rd placing. Shea finished 3rd again the following season and equal fourth in 1937.

He represented Victoria on 10 occasions during his time at Carlton. It was playing for Victoria in the 1937 Perth Carnival where he caught the eyes of the Subiaco Football Club recruiters who signed him up for the 1938 season. During his stint with Subiaco he played interstate football with Western Australia. He was appointed coach of South Fremantle for the 1940 season.[1]

Shea returned to the VFL in 1945 as captain-coach of Hawthorn, retiring as a player at the season's end but staying on as coach in 1946.

He died in February 1951 in Albury, New South Wales, after a short illness.[2]


  1. ^ "Football: South Fremantle's Coach. K. Shea's Appointment Announced". The West Australian. Perth, WA: National Library of Australia. 27 February 1940. p. 9. Retrieved 9 November 2014. 
  2. ^ "Keith Shea Dies at Albury". The West Australian. Perth, WA: National Library of Australia. 28 February 1951. p. 14. Retrieved 9 November 2014. 

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