Sam Stivey

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Sam Stivey
Personal information
Full name Samuel Tremaine Stivey
Date of birth (1881-03-15)15 March 1881
Place of birth Port Melbourne, Victoria
Date of death 21 March 1943(1943-03-21) (aged 62)
Place of death Perth, Western Australia
Height / weight 170 cm / 66 kg
Position(s) Wing
Playing career1
Years Club Games (Goals)
unknown Boulder City unknown
1902–03 Carlton 2 (0)
1903 Port Melbourne unknown
Umpiring career
Years League Role Games
1904–08 GFA Field umpire
1904 WASP Field umpire
1 Playing statistics correct to the end of 1903.
Career highlights
Sources: AFL Tables,

Samuel Tremaine "Sam" Stivey (15 March 1881 – 21 March 1943) was an Australian sportsman. He played and umpired Australian rules football at senior level in two states of Australia, including for the Boulder City Football Club in the Goldfields Football Association (GFA), the Carlton Football Club in the Victorian Football League (VFL), and the Port Melbourne Football Club in the Victorian Football Association (VFA). Stivey later became a noted boxer in bouts held in Perth and Kalgoorlie during the late 1920s and early 1930s.

Early life and career in the Goldfields[edit]

Stivey was born in Port Melbourne in 1881.[1] He emigrated to the goldfields of Western Australia during the Western Australian gold rush in the late 19th century. Stivey played football for Boulder City in the Goldfields Football Association (GFA) during the 1890s and early 1900s. He was also a noted umpire, with Dave Strickland considering him "the best adjudicator of our national game with the exception of Ivo Crapp". He umpired several GFA grand finals, as well as the 1904 West Australian State Premiership, between Railways and West Perth. Stivey was at the centre of a controversy in October 1905, when, despite being considered the best umpire in the league at the time, he was passed over for the final match of the season, between Railways and Mines Rovers, in favour of another umpire, who allegedly favoured Railways during the match. Allegations were made by Mines Rovers players that "Railways had bought the premiership", although no action was taken by the league.[2]

Career in Victoria[edit]

Stivey moved back to Victoria for the 1902 season, where he represented Carlton in the Victorian Football League (VFL). He played two matches for Carlton, making his debut in the last round of the 1902 VFL season, against Essendon at Princes Park.[1] His only other match came against Collingwood in round one of the 1903 VFL season.[3] He also played a few matches for Port Melbourne in the Victorian Football Association (VFA) later that year.

Military service and later life[edit]

Stivey enlisted for active service at the beginning of the First World War in 1914, but was considered too old, and was restricted to home duties. He joined the supply section of the Medical Corps, and was made a Staff Sergeant. During the final months of the war, he was transferred to the Corps Sea Transport division, sailing to England from Sydney. On his reenlistment in 1918, Stivey's occupation was noted as masseur, and his religion Presbyterianism.[4] Stivey returned to Perth at the conclusion of the war. He began competing as a boxer in 1924, beginning in featherweight bouts at Uglieland carnivals and at the Unity Theatre in Perth, and later progressing to open-air bouts held at a number of different venues in Perth and Kalgoorlie. Overall, Stivey competed in 54 fights, winning 28, losing fourteen, and drawing eleven.[5]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ a b Sam Stivey – Retrieved 8 September 2011.
  2. ^ "Football amenities. peep behind the scenes"Western Argus. Published 10 October 1905. Retrieved from Trove, 8 September 2011.
  3. ^ Sam Stivey, AFL Tables. Retrieved 28 December 2016.
  4. ^ First World War Embarkation Roll: Samuel Tremaine Stivey – Australian War Memorial. Retrieved 12 July 2012.
  5. ^ Sam Stivey – BoxRec. Retrieved 12 July 2012.