Australian Football Celebrating the history of the great Australian game


Key Facts

Full name
Jack Edwards

Known as
Jack Edwards

26 February 1931

23 August 2014 (aged 83)

Age at first & last AFL game
First game: 20y 124d
Last game: 28y 170d

Height and weight
Height: 180 cm
Weight: 76 kg

Senior clubs
North Melbourne

Jumper numbers
North Melbourne: 35

Jack Edwards

ClubLeagueCareer spanGamesGoalsAvgWin %AKIAHBAMKBV
North MelbourneV/AFL1951-195911410.0147%7.333.0010

Pre 1965 stats are for selected matches only

AFL: 6,134th player to appear, 2,021st most games played, 9,051st most goals kickedNorth Melbourne: 428th player to appear, 111th most games played, 703rd most goals kicked

Although it would probably be fair to suggest that he would go on to enjoy somewhat greater fame as a TV football commentator, North Melbourne's Jack Edwards also enjoyed a by no means inauspicious career as a VFL footballer. Recruited from West Brunswick Juniors, he made his league debut in 1951 and, after struggling to carve out a niche for himself at first, went on to total 114 senior games over the next nine seasons. 

By 1956 Edwards had developed into a fine full back, whose ultra-reliability more than compensated for any perceived lack of class; he won North's club champion award that year, and went on to round off his playing career in style by representing the VFL for the first time in his final league season. 

In 1961 and 1962, Jack Edwards coached VFA first division club Coburg, getting the side as far as the Preliminary Final in the latter season. He later spent the 1969 to 1971 seasons coaching Brunswick, getting them as far as a losing VFA second division Grand Final in his last season..

Author - John Devaney


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