Vic Chanter

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Vic Chanter
Personal information
Date of birth (1921-01-26)26 January 1921
Date of death 5 November 2010(2010-11-05) (aged 89)
Original team(s) Alphington Amateurs
Debut 25 May 1946 (round 6), Fitzroy
vs. South Melbourne, at Brunswick Street Oval
Height / weight 183 cm / 84 kg
Playing career1
Years Club Games (Goals)
1946–1952 Fitzroy 108 (0)
1 Playing statistics correct to the end of 1952.
Career highlights
Sources: AFL Tables,

Vic Chanter (born 26 January 1921 – 9 November 2010) is a former Australian rules footballer who played with Fitzroy in the VFL.

Fred Chanter[edit]

His father, Fred Chanter, had played one senior game for Fitzroy, in the round seven match against Essendon, at the Brunswick Street Oval on 12 June 1920.


Recruited from the Alphington Football Club, Chanter had signed with Fitzroy in 1946 to avoid being bound to Collingwood (as he would have been under the soon-to-be-adopted new zoning laws). Chanter made his debut for Fitzroy, aged 25, on 25 May 1946, against South Melbourne at the Brunswick Street Oval;[1] South Melbourne won the match, 10.12 (72) to 7.21 (63). He played 5 senior games in 1946, and 13 in 1947. When Fred Hughson left Fitzroy at the end of the 1947 season, Chanter took over as fullback. In 1951 he became the first Fitzroy fullback to win the club's Best and Fairest award.


In 1951, he was full-back in the Victorian State team that played against the SAFL at the MCG on Saturday, 26 May 1951.[2] He was one of the best players on the ground in Victoria's unconvincing eight point win, 10.11 (71) to 9.9. (63).[3]

Goal-less Coleman[edit]

In 1952, he was vice-captain; and, on Saturday, 28 June 1952, in round ten of the 1952 season, at a very, very muddy Brunswick Street Oval, in a tough, rugged match where Fitzroy 13.12 (90) beat Essendon 5.8 (38), Chanter played at full back against Essendon champion full-forward, John Coleman.[4]

Coleman, who would finish the season with 103 goals, did not score a goal in the match; and this was the first (and only) time that Coleman was held goal-less in his entire 98 game career. He had less than half a dozen kicks for the entire match, and was only able to score two behinds, one of which was scored in the last scoring kick of the match.[5]

Last game[edit]

He played his last game for Fitzroy in the 1952 Preliminary Final against Collingwood, which Collingwood won, 11.15 (81) to 9.8 (62).[6]


  1. ^ League Teams for Tomorrow, The Argus, (Friday, 24 May 1946>), p.17.
  2. ^ Buggy, H., "Ruthven Passes Hard Test", The Argus, (Friday, 25 May 1951), p.13.
  3. ^ Buggy, H., "Victorians Pressed to the Limit", The Argus, (Monday, 28 May 1951), p.9.
  4. ^ The Brunswick Street Oval was in such poor condition that Fitzroy named a squad of 23 players for the match and would not name the final 20 players until just before the match, on the Saturday afternoon, when the actual condition of the ground and the weather could be far more accurately appraised (Beames, P., "Tigers Wait on Weather to Decide Team", The Age, Friday, (27 June 1952), p.16.).
  5. ^ Dunn, J., "Tough Fitzroy Far Too Good", The Argus, (Monday, 30 June 1952), p.9.
  6. ^ How the Teams Compare, The Argus, (Friday, 19 September 1952), p.8.

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