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Reference_ Occupation List - Police



Introduction

Unfortunately 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 Decades

The 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.

Note - This table is based on the original dataset and does not reflect the current list of Police below
Note - This table is based on the original dataset and does not reflect the current list of Police below



Information on Sources

The 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


Name Club Years
Albert Atkinson Brighton 1924-1926



Known VFL/AFL Players who have been members of the Police Force


Name Matches Details From To Source
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
Hayes, John 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


Note:
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

Bendigonian_29-Sep-1908_p15_Police
Bendigonian_29-Sep-1908_p15_Police


Sources


1 http://www.sapolicenews.com.au/more-news/4018-national-police-footy-carnival-october-3-7.pdf
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
http://www.vpasws.org.au

5 Identified in Boyles Police Team Photos
Col Williamson
Jack Evans
Neville Huggins
George Jerram
J.Lonergan (VFA)
Jack Perkins
Jim Shanahan.
Ted Rippon
Jack Dyer
Bill Koop
Joe Selwood
Laurie Nash

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."

16 http://dev.essendonfc.com.au/team/player-past.asp?id=168
"He was a member of the Police Force."

17 http://dev.essendonfc.com.au/team/player-past.asp?id=669
"He was a member of the Police Force but left to start his own security consultancy."

18 http://dev.essendonfc.com.au/team/player-past.asp?id=455
"He also represented the Police Force in the Wednesday League during his career."

19 http://dev.essendonfc.com.au/team/player-past.asp?id=728
"He retired in 1986 as a Senior Sergeant after thirty three years with Victoria Police."

20 http://www.blueseum.org/tiki-read_article.php?articleId=16
"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."

21 http://www.blueseum.org/tiki-index.php?page=Henry+Crisfield
"Henry Francis Crisfield trained as a policeman, and was stationed at nearby Rutherglen when the Boer War began in southern Africa in 1899"

22 http://www.blueseum.org/tiki-index.php?page=Clarrie+Calwell
"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."

23 http://www.blueseum.org/tiki-index.php?page=Paul+Payne
"Payne played 28 games for Melbourne from 1985 to 1988 and kicked five goals before retiring to join the police force."

24 http://www.blueseum.org/tiki-index.php?page=George+Calwell
"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."

25 http://www.blueseum.org/tiki-index.php?page=Dave+Gillespie
"in 1909 joined the Victorian Police Force."

26 http://demonwiki.org/tiki-index.php?page=Jack+Okeefe
"Checker Hughes decided to use O'Keefe - a former champion police boxer - as his shadow"

27 http://demonwiki.org/tiki-index.php?page=Bill+Hore
" Also played for Northcote, Carlton District and the Police - where he was a serving officer"

28 http://demonwiki.org/tiki-index.php?page=Paul+Payne
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

29 http://demonwiki.org/tiki-index.php?page=Steven+Pitt
"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. "

30 http://demonwiki.org/tiki-index.php?page=Jack+Power
"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

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