Wally Chalmers

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Wally Chalmers
Personal information
Full name Wally Chalmers
Date of birth (1890-09-16)16 September 1890
Date of death 17 November 1966(1966-11-17) (aged 76)
Original team(s) Carlton District
Height 163 cm (5 ft 4 in)
Weight 63 kg (139 lb)
Position(s) Wing
Playing career1
Years Club Games (Goals)
1911–1918 Essendon 73 (11)
1 Playing statistics correct to the end of 1918.
Career highlights
Sources: AFL Tables, AustralianFootball.com

Wally Chalmers (16 September 1890 – 17 November 1966) was an Australian rules footballer who played with Essendon in the Victorian Football League (VFL).

Recruited from Carlton District, Chalmer was a wingman and debuted for Essendon in the 1911 season. He played in that year's premiership side and in another premiership side the following year. His career was briefly interrupted by the war but he returned to Essendon in 1918 for one final season.

VFL career[edit]

Wally Chalmers came to Essendon from the Carlton seconds, and commenced his career in the Victorian Football League (VFL) in 1911. Under the captaincy of David Smith and coaching tenure of Jack Worrall,[1] Chalmers played on the wing, and within the space of his first season, he came to be recognised as the best wingman in the entire league.[2] Essendon finished the season as minor premiers and met Collingwood in the 1911 VFL Grand Final at the Melbourne Cricket Ground (MCG). Chalmers retained his position as a wingman for the game as Essendon defeated Collingwood by a goal, making Chalmers a premiership player in his first ever season at the senior level.

In 1911, Chalmers also represented the VFL in matches against analogous sides from the Ballarat Football League and the Bendigo Football League.

In 1912, Chalmers, this time under the captaincy of Alan Belcher,[1] became a dual premiership player when Essendon defeated South Melbourne in the 1912 VFL Grand Final. Chalmers had once more played a premiership on the wing. He continued his career at Essendon through to 1915, after which Essendon withdrew from the competition due to World War I. When the club re-entered the VFL in 1918,[3] Chalmers continued playing for Essendon, switching his No. 7 guernsey for No. 2, although he would only play a further 6 games before his career at the senior level concluded.[4]


Season Team No. Games Goals
1911 Essendon 7 19 2
1912 Essendon 7 16 1
1913 Essendon 7 16 1
1914 Essendon 7 15 6
1915 Essendon 7 1 0
1918 Essendon 2 6 1
Career totals 73 11