Australian Football Celebrating the history of the great Australian game


Key Facts

Full name
Thomas John Sharpley

Known as
Jack Sharpley

18 February 1906

30 September 1968 (aged 62)

Age at first & last AFL game
First game: 20y 72d
Last game: 26y 163d

Senior clubs
Footscray; Hawthorn

Jumper numbers
Footscray: 34, 4
Hawthorn: 4, 6, 31

Recruited from
Footscray (1927)

Family links
Keith Sharpley (Brother)

Jack Sharpley

ClubLeagueCareer spanGamesGoalsAvgWin %AKIAHBAMKBV
HawthornV/AFL1927-1930, 19324110.0220%4
V/AFL1926-1930, 19324930.0620%4
Total1926-1930, 19324930.0620%4

AFL: 3,141st player to appear, 4,343rd most games played, 7,087th most goals kickedFootscray: 45th player to appear, 694th most games played, 627th most goals kickedHawthorn: 72nd player to appear, 301st most games played, 627th most goals kicked

Originally from Kerang, Jack Sharpley gave solid service to Footscray in 1926 and half the following season, during which he played eight VFL games and scored a couple of goals. Normally used at full back, he made life very difficult for opposing full forwards. Half way through the 1927 season he crossed to Hawthorn where his career blossomed, highlighted by winning the club’s 1930 best and fairest award. For some of his time with the Mayblooms he played alongside his brother Keith (profiled below). His five and a half seasons at Hawthorn saw him play a final 41 VFL games and register one goal.

Author - John Devaney


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