Australian Football Celebrating the history of the great Australian game


Key Facts

Full name
John Thomas Cooper

Known as
Jack Cooper

21 February 1889

Place of birth
Fitzroy North, VIC (3068)

20 September 1917 (aged 28)

Place of death
France (Polygon Wood)


Age at first & last AFL game
First game: 18y 65d
Last game: 26y 202d

Height and weight
Height: 178 cm
Weight: 78 kg

Senior clubs

Jumper numbers
Fitzroy: 5

State of origin

Jack Cooper

ClubLeagueCareer spanGamesGoalsAvgWin %AKIAHBAMKBV

AFL: 1,237th player to appear, 1,532nd most games played, 5,291st most goals kickedFitzroy: 116th player to appear, 52nd most games played, 379th most goals kicked

A vigorous and extremely determined defender who always gave 100%, Jack Cooper was a stalwart with Fitzroy for nine seasons, during which time he played 136 VFL games and kicked eight goals. The highlight of his career was probably the 1913 Challenge Final against St Kilda, a match which the Roys won by 13 points, with Cooper best afield. A close second to this, however, would be his captaincy of the VFL in an interstate encounter with South Australia the previous year, a match the Vics won 

Jack Cooper left the game at the end of the 1915 season when he enlisted in the armed services. Tragically, he was later killed in action in France.

Author - John Devaney


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