Australian Football Celebrating the history of the great Australian game


Key Facts

Full name
James Thoms

Known as
Jim Thoms

25 May 1918

3 September 2005 (aged 87)

Age at first & last AFL game
First game: 18y 348d
Last game: 28y 105d

Height and weight
Height: 173 cm
Weight: 82 kg

Senior clubs
Footscray; West Torrens

Jumper numbers
Footscray: 31, 18, 1

Recruited from
Footscray (1945); West Torrens (1946)

Jim Thoms

ClubLeagueCareer spanGamesGoalsAvgWin %AKIAHBAMKBV
West TorrensSANFL19453

Pre 1965 stats are for selected matches only

AFL: 4,481st player to appear, 1,906th most games played, 1,061st most goals kickedFootscray: 218th player to appear, 99th most games played, 60th most goals kicked

Jim Thoms was a top quality all round sportsman who, in addition to his prowess as a footballer, was a fine grade cricketer, and an excellent table tennis player who won the Australian championship in 1936. Most of his senior football career was spent with Footscray, where he commenced in 1937. A clever, speedy and elusive rover, he earned VFL interstate representation in 1941 and again in his final league season five years later.

After he spent the 1945 home and away season with the Bulldogs, he was secured by West Torrens for that year's finals series and was first rover that year in the club's 15.25 (115) to 15.12 (102) Grand Final defeat of Port Adelaide. His VFL career comprised 120 senior games and 101 goals.

Author - John Devaney, with updates by Andrew Gigacz


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