Australian Football Celebrating the history of the great Australian game


Key Facts

Full name
Jack Hale

Known as
Jack Hale

2 January 1913

25 June 2001 (aged 88)

Age at first & last AFL game
First game: 20y 131d
Last game: 28y 121d

Height and weight
Height: 175 cm
Weight: 79 kg

Senior clubs

Jumper numbers
Carlton: 11

Jack Hale

ClubLeagueCareer spanGamesGoalsAvgWin %AKIAHBAMKBV

Pre 1965 stats are for selected matches only

AFL: 4,036th player to appear, 1,828th most games played, 1,395th most goals kickedCarlton: 496th player to appear, 124th most games played, 121st most goals kicked

An extremely vigorous and determined footballer who invariably gave one hundred per cent effort, Jack Hale began his senior career with Carlton as a half forward flanker and also played many games as a defender. However, it is as a rover that he is best remembered, most particularly for a superlative performance in the 1938 grand final defeat of Collingwood. 

Quite tall and hefty for a 1930s rover at 175cm and 78.5kg, he used his strength to good effect, and was also a fine overhead mark. Between 1933 and 1941 he played a total of 123 VFL games and booted 78 goals for the Blues, as well as representing the VFL at the 1937 Perth carnival. He was forced to retire prematurely aged just 26 after breaking his leg. 

Hale returned to football as non-playing coach of South Melbourne midway through the 1948 season, and remained at the helm until the end of the following year. He later coached Hawthorn between 1952 and 1959, steering the side to its first ever finals series in 1957.

Author - John Devaney


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