|Date of birth||20 July 1908|
|Place of birth||South Melbourne, Victoria|
|Date of death||17 August 1943(aged 35)|
|Place of death||Salamaua, New Guinea|
|Height||179 cm (5 ft 10 in)|
|Weight||80 kg (176 lb)|
|1927–1938||South Melbourne||187 (54)|
|1940||North Melbourne||6 (9)|
|1940||North Melbourne||7 (2–5–0)|
1 Playing statistics correct to the end of 1940.
|Sources: AFL Tables, AustralianFootball.com|
Len Thomas (20 July 1908 – 17 August 1943) was an Australian rules footballer who played 187 games with South Melbourne in the Victorian Football League (VFL), before finishing his career as captain-coach at both Hawthorn and North Melbourne. He was the son of South Melbourne player William Thomas.
Thomas made his debut for South Melbourne in 1927 and went on to become one of their better players during the 1930s. He won the club's Best and Fairest award in 1931 and 1938. A premiership player in 1933, he played through the centre in their Grand Final victory over Richmond.
In 1939 he moved to Hawthorn where he had accepted the role of captain-coach. The club finished tenth and the following season he crossed to North Melbourne with the same leadership role but couldn't prevent them from taking the wooden spoon. At the season's end he announced his retirement from football in order to take up military service.
Although Thomas had attained the rank of Corporal, upon his evacuation from the Middle East in September 1941 he requested that he be allowed to revert to the rank of Private, so that he could serve as a commando. His request was granted. He served with the 2/3rd Independent (Commando) Company, Second A.I.F.
a East Fremantle’s "Hooky" Doig, a member of that famous football family, played 225 games for Old Easts – sixteen more than Thomas – between 1899 and 1912 before being killed in World War I at the age of forty.
- "Roll of Honour". Retrieved 10 April 2008.
- Main, J. & Allen, D., "Thomas, Len", pp. 338–341 in Main, J. & Allen, D., Fallen — The Ultimate Heroes: Footballers Who Never Returned From War, Crown Content, (Melbourne), 2002.
- Footballer Killed in Action, The Argus, (Thursday, 2 September 1943), p.9.
|Wikimedia Commons has media related to Len Thomas.|
- Len Thomas's playing statistics from AFL Tables
- Len Thomas at AustralianFootball.com
- Australian War Memorial Roll of Honour: Leonard Thomas (VX21564)