Australian Football Celebrating the history of the great Australian game


Key Facts

Full name
Jack Symons

Known as
Jack Symons

11 May 1912

23 November 1993 (aged 81)

Age at first & last AFL game
First game: 22y 57d
Last game: 34y 70d

Height and weight
Height: 185 cm
Weight: 93 kg

Senior clubs
Richmond; Fitzroy

Jumper numbers
Richmond: 19
Fitzroy: 19, 29

Recruited from
Richmond (1944); Richmond (1945)

Jack Symons

ClubLeagueCareer spanGamesGoalsAvgWin %AKIAHBAMKBV

Pre 1965 stats are for selected matches only

AFL: 4,191st player to appear, 1,363rd most games played, 794th most goals kickedRichmond: 346th player to appear, 129th most games played, 108th most goals kickedFitzroy: 615th player to appear, 330th most games played, 85th most goals kicked

Versatile and strong, if somewhat ungainly, Jack Symons was probably destined to play for Richmond as he grew up a mere drop kick's distance from Punt Road. He joined the Tigers from Burnley Juniors and made the first of an eventual 111 VFL appearances for the club in 1934. Those appearances included the losing grand finals of 1940 against Melbourne and 1942 against Essendon, but unfortunately for him not the Grand Final win of 1943 (also against Essendon).

Midway through the 1944 season, in a bid to extend his senior career at the top level, he crossed to Fitzroy, and a few months later enjoyed the unexpected bonus of helping his new club to a hard fought, if somewhat surprising, 15-point Grand Final victory over his old one. Symons went on to play 36 games in three seasons with the 'Roys, kicking 58 goals to add to the 71 he had registered with the Tigers.

Author - John Devaney


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