Australian Football Celebrating the history of the great Australian game


Key Facts

Full name
Jack Barker

Known as
Jack Barker

23 December 1917

29 October 1989 (aged 71)

Age at first & last AFL game
First game: 19y 143d
Last game: 27y 189d

Height and weight
Height: 185 cm
Weight: 98 kg

Senior clubs

Jumper numbers
Hawthorn: 6

Family links
George Barker (Brother)

Jack Barker

ClubLeagueCareer spanGamesGoalsAvgWin %AKIAHBAMKBV

AFL: 4,483rd player to appear, 2,031st most games played, 3,545th most goals kickedHawthorn: 226th player to appear, 113th most games played, 229th most goals kicked

A truly formidable looking footballer who dwarfed most of his opponents, Jack Barker gave Hawthorn fine service in 113 VFL games from 1937 to 1945. He was capable of playing in any key position, and could also take a turn in the ruck, but he produced his best football at centre half back, which was where he was stationed in the overwhelming majority of his games. Perhaps the highlight of his career was his winning of the club's best-and-fairest award in 1942.

Author - John Devaney


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