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Key Facts

Full name
Clyde Helmer

Known as
Clyde Helmer

22 April 1916

24 April 1945 (aged 29)

Age at first & last AFL game
First game: 21y 44d
Last game: 26y 122d

Height and weight
Height: 184 cm
Weight: 80 kg

Senior clubs
Geelong; Melbourne

Jumper numbers
Geelong: 29
Melbourne: 29

Recruited from
Geelong (1942)

Clyde Helmer

ClubLeagueCareer spanGamesGoalsAvgWin %AKIAHBAMKBV

Pre 1965 stats are for selected matches only

AFL: 4,505th player to appear, 3,256th most games played, 711th most goals kickedGeelong: 417th player to appear, 247th most games played, 59th most goals kickedMelbourne: 614th player to appear, 1,181st most games played, 680th most goals kicked

Clyde Helmer was a strong, long-armed key forward who excelled at taking soaring finger-tip marks. He also boasted good ground skills, was difficult to tackle and showed fine anticipation. He could kick prodigious distances with either foot, favouring the torpedo punt.

His Geelong career comprised 71 VFL games in which he kicked 137 goals between 1937 and 1941. He was the Cats’ top goal kicker in 1938 with 74 goals. In 1942, following Geelong’s enforced temporary exit from the League, he crossed to Melbourne where he added two games and three goals to his respective career tallies. He also represented Victoria twice.

Author - John Devaney


Encyclopedia of AFL Footballers by Russell Holmesby & Jim Main; Wikipedia article; Cats' Tales by Col Hutchinson


* Behinds calculated from the 1965 season on.
+ Score at the end of extra time.