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Table of contents
IntroductionUnfortunately there is no known list of VFA footballers who have been policemen. If anyone has a list, I would be interested in including it on this site.
Clubs and DecadesThe table below is a distribution of the 126 Police members in the table below. A person is counted multiple times if they played for multiple clubs.
The resulting table is revealing in the distribution of Police between the clubs and over the decades. There are a number of clubs such as Fitzroy and Carlton where there was a strong representation.
Information on SourcesThe majority of this list is based on a list of Police Members who played VFL/AFL and SANFL in the 2011 SA Police News. Though I have been able to make a number of additions to that list.
Often it is not clear that the player was a serving member of the Police Force while playing football. There are probably a number of cases where the player only joined the Police after they had completed their playing career. This list also does not make clear how long the player was a member of the Police. For example, Laurie Nash was famously recruited, but did not stay very long.
Extended reseach will probably bring more names to light.
Known VFA Players who have been members of the Police Force
Known VFL/AFL Players who have been members of the Police Force
|Annand, Baden-Powell||106||St Kilda 1956-1962||1956||1962||1|
|Barwick, Geoff||19||Hawthorn 1945||1945||1945||1|
|Boldiston, Jack||7||North Melbourne 1943||1943||1943||1|
|Bourke, Paddy||38||Richmond 1909-11||1909||1911||1|
|Brenchley, Jack||9||St Kilda 1942||1942||1942||1|
|Brewis, Ted||60||Carlton 1925-1928||1925||1928||1|
|Byrne, Rex||2||Fitzroy 1934||1934||1934||1|
|Byrne, Tom||65||Carlton 1929, Hawthorn 1935-1939||1935||1939||1|
|Cadusch, John||7||Fitzroy 1936||1936||1936||1|
|Calwell, Clarrie||2||Carlton 1920||1920||1920||22|
|Calwell, George||24||Carlton 1914-16||1914||1916||24|
|Carr, Reg||20||Fitzroy 1954-1956||1954||1956||35|
|Chambers, Wylie||48||South Melbourne 1946-1950||1946||1950||1|
|Chanter, Fred||1||Fitzroy 1920||1920||1920||1|
|Cheatley, Barry||81||North Melbourne 1959–1964||1959||1964||34|
|Christensen, Damien||17||Geelong 1983-86||1983||1986||1|
|Coady, Bill||70||St Kilda 1959-1963||1959||1963||1|
|Cockerell, Bob||21||Footscray 1971-72||1971||1972||1|
|Coleman, Brian||10||Essendon 1952-1953||1952||1953||16|
|Cook, Russell||164||South Melbourne 1966-75||1966||1975||1|
|Coppock, Fred||9||Footscray 1930||1930||1930||1|
|Crimmins, Bryan||1||Melbourne 1944||1944||1944||1|
|Crisfield, Henry||5||Carlton 1902||1902||1902||1,21|
|Crosbie, Les||44||North Melbourne 1941-1944||1941||1944||1,12|
|Curran, Kevin||16||Richmond 1943-1945||1943||1945||13|
|Davies, Laurie||9||North Melbourne 1940||1940||1940||1|
|Dunne, Emmett||129||Richmond 1976-83, Richmond 1984-85||1976||1985||1|
|Dyer, Jack||312||Richmond 1931-1949||1931||1949||1,4,5|
|Evans, Jack||149||Geelong 1929-1938||1929||1938||1,4,5,7,31|
|Fagan, Dinny||19||South Melbourne 1929-1931||1929||1931||1|
|Farrell, Dave||3||North Melbourne 1929||1929||1929||1|
|Featherston, George||5||Fitzroy 1910||1910||1910||1|
|Fletcher, Ron||21||North Melbourne 1951-1952||1951||1952||35|
|Fletcher, Ted||129||Hawthorn 1944, 1946-1954||1944||1954||3,11|
|Files, Roy||10||North Melbourne 1954, 1956||1954||1956||35|
|George, Jack||73||Collingwood 1930-1931, St Kilda 1931-1935, South Melbourne 1936||1930||1936||1,31|
|Gillespie, Dave||5||Carlton 1907-08||1907||1908||1,25|
|Grinter, Barry||84||Essendon 1971-76, Richmond 1978||1971||1978||1|
|Hager, Bill||3||North Melbourne 1945||1945||1945||1|
|Haggis, Eric||4||North Melbourne 1944||1944||1944||1|
|Hall, T. Syd||85||Geelong 1922-1927, 1930||1922||1930||1|
|Hammond, Don||5||Fitzroy 1945||1945||1945||1|
|Hammond, Reg||1||Fitzroy 1942||1942||1942||1|
|Hancock, Bob||6||North Melbourne 1961-1963||1961||1963||35|
|Handley, Robert||27||Hawthorn 1985-87, St Kilda 1989||1985||1989||1|
|Harley, Harry||20||Melbourne 1938-1939||1938||1939||1|
|Harrison, Ed||7||South Melbourne 1906, 1908-09||1906||1909||1|
|Henderson, Reg||28||Richmond 1937-1938||1937||1938||1|
|Herbert, Barney||192||Richmond 1909-1921||1909||1921||1,6|
|Hickey, Gerry||7||Hawthorn 1934-1935||1934||1935||1|
|Higgins, Leon||122||Sydney 1987-1995, Hawthorn 1996||1987||1996||1|
|Holland, Tom||5||Collingwood 1908||1908||1908||1|
|Holmes, Darren||63||Sydney 1991-94, Fitzroy 1995-96||1991||1996||1|
|Hore, Bill||21||StKilda 1913-14, Carlton 1915,1918-19, Melbourne 1919||1913||1919||1,27|
|Hudd, Bill||83||Geelong 1922-1925, Essendon 1926-1927, Hawthorn 1929-1930||1922||1930||18|
|Huggins, Neville||90||Fitzroy 1929, North Melbourne 1931-1935||1929||1935||1,5,31|
|Hughson, Fred||164||Fitzroy 1938-1947||1938||1947||1,4|
|Hunt, Rex||202||Richmond 1968-74, Geelong 1974-75, StKilda 1976-78||1968||1978||1|
|Jeans, Allan||77||St Kilda 1955-1959||1955||1959||1|
|Jerram, George||144||Geelong 1926-1929, North Melbourne 1930-1932, 1934-1935||1926||1935||1,5|
|Johnson, Bill S.||37||Essendon 1907-08, Carlton 1912||1907||1912||1|
|Johnson, George S.||90||Carlton 1905-1909||1905||1909||1|
|Jones, Dick||19||South Melbourne||1949||1951||38|
|Jones, Les G.||2||North Melbourne 1931||1931||1931||1|
|Kennedy, Andy||3||Carlton 1906, Melbourne 1908||1906||1908||1|
|Koop, Bill||20||Carlton 1925-1926, 1928||1925||1928||1,5|
|Lane, Bob||2||Carlton 1966||1966||1966||1,20|
|Lee, Mark||233||Richmond 1977-91||1977||1991||1|
|Lynch, Allan||106||Fitzroy 1959-1966||1959||1966||1|
|Lyon, Francis||1||Melbourne 1921||1921||1921||1|
|Marchbank, Bill||25||Carlton 1908, Fitzroy 1910-12||1908||1912||1|
|Maskell, Harold||28||Geelong 1932, Carlton 1934-1935, Hawthorn 1935-1936||1932||1936||33|
|McCulloch, Bill||25||Melbourne 1897-1900, Collingwood 1901-02||1897||1902||1|
|McFarlane, Jim||1||Carlton 1902||1902||1902||1|
|McInnes, Russell||16||South Melbourne 1937, Fitzroy 1936-1937||1936||1937||1|
|McKenzie, Des||16||Richmond 1968-69||1968||1969||1|
|McLennan, Bruce||46||St Kilda 1950, 1952-1955||1950||1955||1|
|Meade, Kevin||4||North Melbourne 1957-1958||1957||1958||35|
|Mills, Bobby||2||Footscray 1929, Carlton 1934||1929||1934||1|
|Morris, Hugh||25||Essendon 1952-1954, St Kilda 1956||1952||1956||17|
|Murray, Wyn||65||Melbourne 1929-1934||1929||1934||1|
|Nash, Bob||88||Collingwood 1904-09||1904||1909||1|
|Nash, Laurie||99||South Melbourne 1933-1937, 1945||1933||1945||1,5,31|
|Nicholls, Eric||58||Geelong 1956-1963||1956||1963||1|
|Nunn, Ernie||31||Footscray 1929-1931, Collingwood 1932||1929||1932||1|
|O'Dee, Bert||31||Fitzroy 1915-16,1919-21||1915||1921||1|
|O'Keefe, Jack||82||Melbourne 1939-1942, Hawthorn 1943-1945, South Melbourne 1947||1939||1947||1,26|
|Parke, Greg||171||Melbourne 1968-73, Footscray 1974-75, Fitzroy 1977||1968||1977||1|
|Pattison, Andy||25||Carlton 1908-09, Fitzroy 1910-11, Richmond 1912||1908||1912||1|
|Pattinson, Bob||1||North Melbourne 1957||1957||1957||35|
|Pattison, George||8||Fitzroy 1914-15, 1917||1914||1917||1|
|Payne, Fred||42||Essendon 1949-1953||1949||1953||19|
|Payne, Paul||33||Melbourne 1985-88, Carlton 1989||1985||1989||23,28|
|Perkins, Jack||39||St Kilda 1934-1936||1934||1936||1,5,31|
|Pitt, Steven||18||Collingwood 1996, Melbourne 2000-2001||1996||2001||1, 29|
|Pleitner, Bryan||28||Footscray 1965-1968||1965||1968||1|
|Poulter, Joe||120||Collingwood 1923-1928, South Melbourne 1928-1929, 1931||1923||1931||1|
|Power, Jack P.||39||Melbourne 1930-1934, Collingwood 1935||1930||1935||1,30|
|Power, Johnny||10||Fitzroy 1898-99||1898||1899||9|
|Primmer, Frank||25||South Melbourne 1955-1957||1955||1957||1|
|Probyn, Dudley||9||St Kilda 1942||1942||1942||1|
|Proudfoot, Bill||108||Collingwood 1897-1906||1897||1906||1|
|Rae, Stephen||75||St Kilda 1969-73, Richmond 1973-74||1969||1974||35|
|Reeves, Michael||63||North Melbourne 1980-81, Fitzroy 1983-87||1980||1987||1|
|Rymer, Laurie||25||Collingwood 1955-57||1955||1957||37|
|Ritchie, Max||55||North Melbourne 1955-1960||1955||1960||35|
|Rippon, Ted||86||Essendon 1933-1939, St Kilda 1944-1945||1933||1945||5,32|
|Rosenow, Geoff||147||Geelong 1962-1970||1962||1970||1|
|Rudd, Mel||5||Fitzroy 1935||1935||1935||1|
|Ryan, Peter F.||7||South Melbourne 1956-1957||1956||1957||1|
|Sellwood, Joe||180||Geelong 1930-1941, 1944-1945||1930||1945||1,4|
|Shanahan, Jamie K.||162||St Kilda 1992-97, Melbourne 1998-99||1992||1999||1|
|Shanahan, Jim J.||71||Collingwood 1924-1926, Carlton 1927, Fitzroy 1928-1929||1924||1929||1,5|
|Showell, Jack||23||St Kilda 1937-1938||1937||1938||1,10,14|
|Skehan, Allan||13||Carlton 1927-1929||1927||1929||1|
|Slater, Arthur||72||Essendon 1935-1939, North Melbourne 1940-1945||1935||1945||15|
|Snell, Ken||56||North Melbourne 1960-1965||1960||1965||1|
|Snell, Sam||93||St Kilda 1936-1940, 1944-1945||1936||1945||1,8,10|
|Stephenson, Max||7||St Kilda 1955-1957||1955||1957||2|
|Storey, Merv||2||Essendon 1934||1934||1934||1|
|Symons, Jack S.||147||Richmond 1934-1944, Fitzroy 1944-1946||1934||1946||1|
|Taylor, Bert R.||50||Fitzroy 1919-1922||1919||1922||1|
|Taylor, Charlie E.||19||Fitzroy 1908-09||1908||1909||1|
|Taylor, Ron||26||South Melbourne 1953-1956, St Kilda 1958||1953||1958||4|
|Thompson, John||65||Richmond 1959-1963||1959||1963||1|
|Thornley, Bert||24||Carlton 1969-70||1969||1970||1|
|Treloar, Arthur||4||Fitzroy 1907-08||1907||1908||1|
|Trim, Ted||17||Footscray 1934-1935||1934||1935||1|
|Trott, Stuart||200||St Kilda 1967-74, Hawthorn 1975-77||1967||1977||1|
|Tyrrell, Noel||4||South Melbourne 1954-1955||1954||1955||1|
|Watson, Ernie||1||Fitzroy 1923||1923||1923||1|
|Webb, Jack||3||Footscray 1929, North Melbourne 1932||1929||1932||1|
|Williamson, Col||165||St Kilda 1937-1946||1937||1946||1,5|
|Withers, George||2||Hawthorn 1943||1943||1943||1|
|Woolley, Jack||23||Essendon 1913-14, Melbourne 1914, Carlton 1918-19||1913||1919||1|
The SA Police News lists John Hayes of Fitzroy as a member of the Police Force, but there are two players by that name and I cannot determine which one is being referenced.
Police Representative Teams
National Police Footy Carnival - October 3 - 7 - South Australia Police News Tuesday, 27 September 2011
2 What Goes On. (1956, July 17). The Argus (Melbourne, Vic. : 1848 - 1956), p. 1. Retrieved March 29, 2013, from http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article71646407
"At St. Kilda's celebration dance Saturday night footballer Brian Walsh had his coat stolen. He reported the theft to footballer Max Stephenson, who is also a policeman."
3 THEY NEVER GIVE UP. (1952, June 20). The Argus (Melbourne, Vic. : 1848 - 1956), p. 5 Supplement: The Argus Magazine. Retrieved March 29, 2013, from http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article23180139
"Tall, handsome Hawthorn vice-captain Ted Fletcher is another of those great club men who seem to abound out on the Glen-ferrie oval. One of the most popular men in the team, Ted, a policeman, came to the Hawks from Dandenong in 1944. In the last nine seasons he has been a permanent with Hawthorn.
4 Victoria Police Amateur Sports & Welfare Society
5 Identified in Boyles Police Team Photos
6 POLICE ATHLETES. (1922, January 10). The Argus (Melbourne, Vic. : 1848 - 1956), p. 5. Retrieved March 29, 2013, from http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article4717692
The contests were ably managed by Constable H.C. O'Brien (hon. secretary), and Constable "Barney" Herbert (the Richmond footballer)
7 PLAYERS DISQUALIFIED. (1938, May 26). The Argus (Melbourne, Vic. : 1848 - 1956), p. 20. Retrieved March 29, 2013, from http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article11162497
J Evans, the Geelong player who has been transferred as a policeman to South Warrnmbool, was granted a permit to play with South warrnambool
8 AROUND THE LEAGUE CLUBS. (1939, June 9). The Argus (Melbourne, Vic. : 1848 - 1956), p. 20. Retrieved March 29, 2013, from http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article12137245
Police duty has prevented Sam Snell from being present at St Kilda on the last few training nights but he was on the field last night
9 ONLY ONE IN IT. (1898, August 22). The Argus (Melbourne, Vic. : 1848 - 1956), p. 7. Retrieved March 29, 2013, from http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article9848040
They Fitzro] tried a new player, Power and ever since Proudfoot, of Collingwood, made such a success as a back man every policeman who can be "run in" is invariably played back. Power is a policeman, with something less than the Proudfoot physique, but he played a very good game in defence.
10 LEAGUE FOOTBALL TEAMS FOR MATCHES. (1937, April 2). The Argus (Melbourne, Vic. : 1848 - 1956), p. 14. Retrieved March 29, 2013, from http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article11053640
S.Snell who is a policeman brought two other constables to train last night; they were J Showell a utility man from Castlemaine and G Stewart a Carisbrook follower.
11 £45 a week jobs are beckoning our football stars. (1954, May 22). The Argus (Melbourne, Vic. : 1848 - 1956), p. 10. Retrieved March 29, 2013, from http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article23433215
HAWTHORN: E. Fletcher (policeman), N. Pearson (public servant).
12 LEAGUE FOOTBALLERS MAY TRANSFER. (1941, June 4). The Argus (Melbourne, Vic. : 1848 - 1956), p. 12. Retrieved March 29, 2013, from http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article8174661
NORTH MELBOURNE-......" L Crosbie (Northcote follower and a policeman) also had a run"
13 PREPARING FOR FIRST GAME. (1943, April 19). The Argus (Melbourne, Vic. : 1848 - 1956), p. 9. Retrieved March 29, 2013, from http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article11340115
Richmond.....In the main game K. Curran, a policeman from the Mallee, proved to be the best big man officials have seen for years.
14 ESSENDON SELECTORS DISMAYED. (1937, July 16). The Argus (Melbourne, Vic. : 1848 - 1956), p. 13. Retrieved March 29, 2013, from http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article11115807
Bates who transferred from Caulfield and has been playing with the seconds slnce the beginning of last season and Showell a policeman who came from Castlemaine and Sunshine will have their first senior game at St Kilda.
15 Google's cache of http://dev.essendonfc.com.au/team/player-past.asp?id=841
"Slater rose to the rank of Superintendent in the Victoria Police Force and was awarded the Queens Police Medal."
"He was a member of the Police Force."
"He was a member of the Police Force but left to start his own security consultancy."
"He also represented the Police Force in the Wednesday League during his career."
"He retired in 1986 as a Senior Sergeant after thirty three years with Victoria Police."
"But what appears to have been lost in time is Lane's standing as the only league footballer to have died representing the Victoria Police."
"Henry Francis Crisfield trained as a policeman, and was stationed at nearby Rutherglen when the Boer War began in southern Africa in 1899"
"What we do know is that sometime after leaving Princes Park, he joined the Victorian Police, and when the second World War erupted in 1939, he quickly found his way to the enlistment centre again."
"Payne played 28 games for Melbourne from 1985 to 1988 and kicked five goals before retiring to join the police force."
"George Calwell was a police constable who was on point duty at the corner of Lonsdale and Swanston streets on Thursday morning 29 January 1920. He was knocked down by a car and taken to the Melbourne Hospital with a bruised leg."
"in 1909 joined the Victorian Police Force."
"Checker Hughes decided to use O'Keefe - a former champion police boxer - as his shadow"
" Also played for Northcote, Carlton District and the Police - where he was a serving officer"
After just one game in 1988 Payne retired from VFL football to join the police force, but he was convinced to try his hand at senior footy again when Carlton
"but chose to walk away from the game during the 1997 pre-season to return to his job as a police officer in South Australia. "
"From: Police and CYMS "
31 Three Horsham Players at Warracknabeal. (1935, October 1). The Horsham Times (Vic. : 1882 - 1954), p. 2. Retrieved March 30, 2013, from http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article75237160
The police team included Evans (Geelong) Perkins and George (St. Kilda), Nash (South Melbourne), Huggins (North Melbourne) and Williamson (Northcote).
32 PROFILE. (1951, August 21). The Argus (Melbourne, Vic. : 1848 - 1956), p. 11. Retrieved March 30, 2013, from http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article23066855
"While playing with Essendon Ted used to play with the Police Force on Wednesday afternoons. He was a member of the "flying squad-.""
33 Centenary souvenir of the Carlton Football Club : from 1864-1933 / compiled by R.A. Colin Martyn, R.W.E. Wilmot., Colin Martyn (SLV - http://handle.slv.vic.gov.au/10381/141983
34 The Age 2-Jun-1960 p22 http://news.google.com/newspapers?id=gp8UAAAAIBAJ&sjid=TasDAAAAIBAJ&pg=3554%2C419977
35 Email 'Known VFL/AFL Players who have been members of the Police Force' from Bill Liddy 11-Apr-2014
36 http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article8197963 - thanks to Steve Wade for the info
37 http://www.criminologyresearchcouncil.gov.au/reports/13-87.pdf accessed May 2014. 'Commander Laurie Rymer' - thanks to Bill Liddy
38 Wikipedia " He stopped playing football at the end of the year and concentrated on his police career, before returning briefly in 1956." - https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dick_Jones_%28Australian_footballer%29