Wels Eicke

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Wels Eicke
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Personal information
Full name Wellesley Hastings Eicke
Date of birth (1893-09-27)27 September 1893
Place of birth Prahran, Victoria
Date of death 10 February 1980(1980-02-10) (aged 86)
Place of death Prahran
Playing career1
Years Club Games (Goals)
1909–1924 St Kilda 194 (56)
1925–1926 North Melbourne 21 (0)
1926 St Kilda 3 (5)
Total 218 (61)
Representative team honours
Years Team Games (Goals)
Victoria 8
Coaching career3
Years Club Games (W–L–D)
1919–1924 St Kilda 32 (11–21–0)
1925–1926 North Melbourne 20 (5–15–0)
Total 52 (16–36–0)
1 Playing statistics correct to the end of 1926.
3 Coaching statistics correct as of 1926.
Career highlights
Sources: AFL Tables, AustralianFootball.com

Wellesley Hastings "Wels" Eicke (27 September 1893 – 10 February 1980) was an Australian rules footballer in the Victorian Football League (VFL).

Early life and career[edit]

Eicke was the younger son of George Augustus Eicke (died 28 March 1927) of St. Kilda, Victoria,[1] and Jessie Forrester, eldest daughter of Thomas Thompson of Acheron, Victoria, grazier.[2][3]

He was a talented young sportsman who was a champion swimmer at school level. In 1909, Eicke debuted with St Kilda at 15 years and 315 days old – becoming one of only six VFL/AFL footballers to have played at 15.

He married 11 March 1916 at Holy Trinity Church, Balaclava, to Alberta Maude, only daughter of A. E. Woodland of Caulfield, Victoria.[2]

Football career[edit]

Eicke began his career playing as a rover, but became known as one of the VFL's greatest defenders. He was a fine kick, an expert place kick, and a great mark, despite being only 5 foot 9 inches (1.75 metres) tall.

St Kilda (VFL)[edit]

Eicke won the inaugural St. Kilda Best and Fairest in 1914, and went on to win it another two times. He was captain-coach of St. Kilda in 1919 and 1924. In Round 12, 1924, Eicke was notably the first of only three captains in league history to have called for a head count; the teams were even.

North Melbourne (VFL)[edit]

In 1925 he coached North Melbourne in their first year in the VFL.

St Kilda[edit]

Having played in four of the 1926 season's first five matches for North Melbourne, he was cleared back to St Kilda, where he played another three games.

Prahran (VFA)[edit]

He was cleared from St Kilda to play with Prahran in May 1929.[4]

Brighton (VFA)[edit]

He was appointed coach of Brighton in 1934 and 1935.[5]

St Kilda Football Club[edit]

Eicke was later a committeeman of the St Kilda Football Club. He resigned from the committee in 1964, due to his opposition to the club's move from the St Kilda Cricket Ground to Moorabbin Oval.[6]

Death and posthumous honours[edit]

Eicke died in 1980 at the age of 86 in Prahran, Victoria. He was one of the inaugural inductees into the Australian Football Hall of Fame in 1996. He was also inducted into the St Kilda Hall of Fame in 2007.


  1. ^ The Argus (Melbourne) 2 April 1927, p. 13
  2. ^ a b The Argus (Melbourne) 15 April 1916, p. 13
  3. ^ The Argus (Melbourne) 9 April 1888, p.1
  4. ^ Association Permits Granted, The Argus, (Thursday, 9 May 1929), p.14.
  5. ^ Association Clubs Afield: Brighton, The (Melbourne) Herald, (Saturday, 7 April 1934), p.3.
  6. ^ Rex Pullen (30 March 1964). "Saints' committeeman resigns". The Sun News-Pictorial. Melbourne, VIC. p. 52.


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