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Key Facts

Full name
John Beveridge

Known as
Jack Beveridge

Born
8 May 1907

Died
30 June 1986 (aged 79)

Age at first & last AFL game
First game: 18y 358d
Last game: 27y 102d

Height and weight
Height: 177 cm
Weight: 77 kg

Senior clubs
Collingwood; West Perth

Jumper numbers
Collingwood: 4, 2, 1, 5, 3

Recruited from
Collingwood (1935)

Family links
Luke Beveridge (Grandson)

Jack Beveridge

ClubLeagueCareer spanGamesGoalsAvgWin %AKIAHBAMKBV
CollingwoodV/AFL1926-1934148440.3079%18.765.0721
West PerthWANFL1935-193631200.65
Total1926-1936179640.36

Pre 1965 stats are for selected matches only

AFL: 3,116th player to appear, 1,344th most games played, 2,237th most goals kickedCollingwood: 302nd player to appear, 103rd most games played, 180th most goals kicked

Jack Beveridge, the Collingwood centre and rover, who arrived here yesterday in the Manunda to play with West Perth this season, has had nine years’ football with Collingwood. Now 26 years of age, he has also gained a State representative jersey, having played in Adelaide, Sydney and Tasmania. Beveridge was here with Collingwood in 1927. He has played in most places on the field, but is best known as a centre man and rover. Beveridge is looking forward to his stay in this State. He had a good trip across.¹

Popularly known as 'Jack', Beveridge was a centreman who oozed class, poise and effortless control in an outstanding league career with two top clubs in two states. Beginning with Collingwood under Jock McHale in 1926, Beveridge represented an important piece in the premiership acquiring jig-saw that the great coach was meticulously putting together at the time. Beveridge, in fact, played in a grand final - or, more correctly, a challenge final - in his debut season with the Magpies, but it was not a game he would want to remember, as Collingwood lost heavily to Melbourne, and Beveridge himself was comprehensively outpointed by the great Ivor Warne-Smith.

A year later, Jack Beveridge and Collingwood had a chance to atone, and, despite having to endure probably the worst weather conditions ever to beset a VFL premiership deciding match, did so with impressive conclusiveness. On an MCG that would probably have been better suited to water polo than football, only three goals were scored all afternoon - two to the Magpies, and one to Richmond - but Collingwood, with Beveridge giving a display that put him head and shoulders above every other player on the ground, was always by some measure the better side, and won by the substantial margin - for the conditions - of two straight kicks.

Over the course of the ensuing three seasons, Collingwood emphasised its superiority over the rest of the VFL with grand final wins of ever increasing conviction, while Beveridge himself, who played in the centre in each grand final, continued to grow in both stature and effectiveness. In particular, his deft and clever use of handball as an attacking tool was something that might have been regarded as ahead of its time, and was certainly the feature of his game that was most often, and most vociferously, subject to acclaim.

After 148 games in nine seasons with the Woods, Beveridge joined reigning WANFL premier West Perth in 1935 and, after a somewhat controversial start to his career in the west (as described in this article), ended up making an important contribution as the club went 'back to back' that year courtesy of a 23 point grand final defeat of Subiaco. Ostensibly playing as a ruckman, his style of play, centered around the frequent and clever use of pack-splitting handball, was actually more akin to that of a ruck-rover, albeit that the term had yet to be coined. Although Jack Beveridge's career with the Cardinals was comparatively brief, his impact on the game in the west was arguably almost as great as it had been in Victoria.

Author - John Devaney

Footnotes

1. “The Daily News”, 5/3/35, page 3.

Sources

Full Points Footy Publications

Footnotes

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