Seff Parry

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Seff Parry
Personal information
Full name Arnold Sefton Parry[1]
Date of birth (1907-08-17)17 August 1907
Place of birth Adelaide, South Australia[2]
Date of death 29 July 1980(1980-07-29) (aged 72)
Place of death Perth, Western Australia
Original team(s) Henley and Grange (SAAFL)
Height / weight 170 cm / 67 kg
Position(s) Rover
Playing career1
Years Club Games (Goals)
1929–1932, 1934 West Adelaide (SANFL)
1933 Fitzroy (VFL) 5 (3)
1935–1938, 1949 East Perth (WANFL) 56 (98)[3]
1945 Subiaco (WANFL) 1 (0)
Coaching career
Years Club Games (W–L–D)
1945, 1947 Subiaco
1949 East Perth 18 (9)
1 Playing statistics correct to the end of 1949.
Career highlights
Sources: AFL Tables,

Arnold Sefton "Seff" Parry (17 August 1907 – 29 July 1980)[4] was an Australian rules footballer who played with West Adelaide in the South Australian National Football League (SANFL), Fitzroy in the Victorian Football League (VFL) and East Perth in the Western Australian National Football League (WANFL).[5] He coached both Subiaco and East Perth.

Playing career[edit]


Born in Adelaide, Parry started his career in the South Australian Amateur Football League (SAAFL), with Henley and Grange.[6] He began playing for West Adelaide in 1929 and remained with the club until 1932.[7]

Parry, a rover, was cleared to Fitzroy just before the beginning of the 1933 VFL season and made his league debut in the opening round, against North Melbourne at Arden Street.[8] He made four further appearances that season, the last in round 11.[9]

He returned to West Adelaide in 1934 and that year became the second member of his family to be an interstate representative, when he represented South Australia in Perth.[10] His brother Cyril was also a South Australian representative, but in cricket.[11] The brothers both played district cricket for West Torrens.[12]

From 1935 to 1938, Parry played for East Perth.[10][13] Parry was believed to have been the first player from the eastern states in over 20 years to appear for the club and also had the distinction of having played in all three major football leagues in successive seasons.[14] He was East Perth's joint leading goal-kicker in 1935 and a member of the team that defeated Claremont to win the 1936 premiership.[15][16]


Parry was appointed coach of Subiaco in 1945.[10] Although retired, he made one appearance as a player that season.[17] He was replaced by Frank Murphy the following year but returned as coach in 1947, when Murphy didn't reapply for the role.[18]

He coached East Perth in 1949, to fifth position, which wasn't enough to keep the job in 1950.[19] Late in the season, due to an injury crisis, Parry was again called out of retirement to take the field.[20]


  1. ^ "Arnold Sefton Parry". 
  2. ^ "World War Two Nominal Roll". Australian Government. 
  3. ^ "League Games Played (Lalich - Quinn)". East Perth Football Club. 
  4. ^ "Seth Parry - Player Bio". Australian Football. Retrieved 16 November 2014. 
  5. ^ Holmesby, Russell; Main, Jim (2007). The Encyclopedia Of AFL Footballers. BAS Publishing. ISBN 9781920910785. 
  6. ^ News (Adelaide), "Port Pirie Match", 9 August 1928, p. 15
  7. ^ "1920-1929". West Adelaide Football Club. 
  8. ^ "North Melbourne v Fitzroy". AFL Tables. 
  9. ^ "1933 Stats". AFL Tables. 
  10. ^ a b c The West Australian, "Subiaco Coach Appointed", 16 March 1945, p. 2
  11. ^ "Cyril Parry". Cricinfo. 
  12. ^ The Advertiser, "West Torrens v Colts", 25 March 1929, p. 22
  13. ^ The West Australian, "A. S. Parry for East Perth", 28 February 1935, p. 9
  14. ^ The Daily News (Perth), "Parry, of S.A., Arrives", 4 March 1935, p. 3
  15. ^ "Arnold Parry (East Perth)". WAFL Online. 
  16. ^ "Premiership Teams". East Perth Football Club. 
  17. ^ "Notable Old Haleians". Old Haleians' Association. 
  18. ^ "SFC Honour Roll". Subiaco Football Club. 
  19. ^ The Daily News (Perth), "Should The Coach Play?", 25 March 1950, p. 18
  20. ^ The West Australian, "Half-Back Line Strength", 29 August 1949, p. 14

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