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Key Facts

Full name
Jack Crane

Known as
Jack Crane

26 August 1913

5 January 1974 (aged 60)

Age at first & last AFL game
First game: 22y 299d
Last game: 32y 328d

Height and weight
Height: 191 cm
Weight: 84 kg

Senior clubs
Essendon; Richmond; North Melbourne

Jumper numbers
Essendon: 35
Richmond: 18
North Melbourne: 34

Recruited from
Essendon (1937); Richmond (1945)

Family links
Tom Crane (Brother)Len Crane (Brother)

Jack Crane

ClubLeagueCareer spanGamesGoalsAvgWin %AKIAHBAMKBV
North MelbourneV/AFL1945-19461800.0061%0
V/AFL1936-1942, 1945-1946122320.2664%11.334.0010
Total1936-1942, 1945-1946122320.2664%11.334.0010

Pre 1965 stats are for selected matches only

AFL: 4,403rd player to appear, 1,853rd most games played, 2,832nd most goals kickedEssendon: 504th player to appear, 1,037th most games played, 505th most goals kickedRichmond: 368th player to appear, 149th most games played, 252nd most goals kickedNorth Melbourne: 345th player to appear, 478th most games played, 883rd most goals kicked

After failing to make the grade at South, where he played only seconds football, Jack Crane played 14 VFA games and kicked 39 goals for Preston in 1934-5. Essendon liked what they saw and he crossed there ahead of the 1936 season. However, after just two games (for seven goals) a dispute with a team mate led to his being shown the door.

The following season saw Crane at Richmond where he rapidly established himself as a key member of the side. Nicknamed ‘Storky’, he was strong overhead and a powerful kick. He played some of his best football as a full back but he was also used in the forward lines on occasion, often to good effect. A case in point was the 1940 grand final when he lined up at centre half forward, but opponents Melbourne proved too strong.

Crane’s career at the Tigers ended in 1942 after 102 VFL games and 25 goals. He served in the army in 1943 and 1944 before resuming his football career in 1945 with North Melbourne. His two seasons with the Shinboners saw him playing almost exclusively as a defender and adding 18 games to his career tally.

Two of Jack Crane’s brothers, Len and Tom, also played League football.

Author - John Devaney


Encyclopedia of AFL Footballers by Russell Holmesby & Jim Main; Wikipedia article;


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