Cigarette card of Grimshaw in 1910
|Full name||Thomas S. Grimshaw|
|Date of birth||9 December 1889|
|Date of death||10 August 1958(aged 68)|
|Original team(s)||Footscray juniors|
|Height||179 cm (5 ft 10 in)|
|Weight||70 kg (154 lb)|
|1908–1912||South Melbourne||85 (0)|
1 Playing statistics correct to the end of 1912.
|Sources: AFL Tables, AustralianFootball.com|
Grimshaw was a defender who played 82 games in a row from debut, in the opening round of the 1908 VFL season. He was a member of South Melbourne's 1909 premiership team. Although he never kicked a goal in his league career, he came close in the 1909 VFL Grand Final when he hit the post in the third quarter. He had started the match in his usual position on a half-back flank and was knocked unconscious in a collision during the opening quarter. This prompted his move to full-forward.
The defender returned to Victorian Football Association side Footscray in 1913, having played his junior football with the club. He participated in a premiership in his first season and then a losing grand final in 1914. His performance in Footscray's 1914 grand final loss to North Melbourne was called into question and he was one of five players sacked by Footscray, accused of "playing dead".
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