Peter Reville

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Peter Reville
Personal information
Full name Henry James Reville
Date of birth 5 October 1904
Place of birth Carisbrook, Victoria
Date of death 4 March 1970(1970-03-04) (aged 65)[1]
Original team(s) Moe[2]
Height 183 cm (6 ft 0 in)
Weight 88 kg (194 lb)
Playing career1
Years Club Games (Goals)
1925–1934 South Melbourne 156 (207)
1938–1939 Fitzroy 022 0(27)
Total 178 (234)
1 Playing statistics correct to the end of 1939.
Career highlights
  • 1926 Victorian Representative Player
  • 1930 Brownlow Medal Runner-Up
  • 1933 South Melbourne Premiership Player
  • 1936 Recorder Cup Winner
Sources: AFL Tables,

Peter Reville (5 October 1904 – 4 March 1970), christened "Henry James", but adopted his father's Christian name, was an Australian rules footballer who played with South Melbourne and Fitzroy in the Victorian Football League (VFL).

VFL career[edit]

A first class follower and half-forward who was one of the best utility players in the league. He was an excellent high mark and long kick. A determined player with a good turn of pace. As a half-forward flanker he was one of the best in the 1933 flag win. Reville debuted for South Melbourne in 1925 and appeared for the club 156 times before leaving.

Reville's last game with the southerners was the premiership play-off of the following year when his admirable all round performance as a half forward-cum-follower was insufficient to prevent the Tigers achieving their revenge. Never one to take a backward step, Reville was also reported no fewer than three times during the match, but he escaped suspension by leaving the VFL scene for the VFA. The two administrative bodies often clashed and wouldn't enforce each other's decisions. Players could cross over competition without the need of a clearance.

He joined Coburg as captain-coach and stayed two years. In 1936 as a lion, Reville won the Recorder Cup, the VFA association medal for leagues Best & Fairest.

Reville resumed his VFL career in 1938, this time with Fitzroy. Still a handy player, he added 22 games and 27 goals to his tally over the ensuing couple of seasons before finally retiring.

Post football[edit]

Peter enlisted in the Australian Army at Clifton Hill on the 17 November 1939. He would serve with the 6th Division in the Middle East and in New Guinea. He was discharged from the Army on 23 December 1943.

Peter was a match day radio reporter for 3AW.

Peter died on the 4 March 1970 and is buried at the Fawkner Cemetery.


  1. ^ "The Story of Peter Reville – The Champion of the Brown Coal Mine". Footy Almanac. 18 September 2013. Retrieved 1 September 2014.
  2. ^ "Football". Traralgon Record (Traralgon, Vic. : 1886 - 1932) . Traralgon, Vic.: National Library of Australia. 27 March 1925. p. 4 Edition: MORNING. Retrieved 22 June 2014.

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