Australian Football Celebrating the history of the great Australian game


Key Facts

Full name
Joseph Poulter

Known as
Joe Poulter

27 March 1902

28 March 1947 (aged 45)

Age at first & last AFL game
First game: 21y 39d
Last game: 29y 169d

Height and weight
Height: 188 cm
Weight: 86 kg

Senior clubs
Collingwood; South Melbourne; Brighton

Jumper numbers
Collingwood: 22, 21, 18, 26
South Melbourne: 26, 5

Recruited from
Collingwood (1928)

Family links
Ray Poulter (Son)

Joe Poulter

ClubLeagueCareer spanGamesGoalsAvgWin %AKIAHBAMKBV
South MelbourneV/AFL1928-1929, 193137230.6235%16.005.000
V/AFL1923-1929, 1931120540.4557%16.005.002

Pre 1965 stats are for selected matches only

AFL: 2,785th player to appear, 1,897th most games played, 1,933rd most goals kickedCollingwood: 271st player to appear, 234th most games played, 234th most goals kickedSouth Melbourne: 411th player to appear, 419th most games played, 297th most goals kicked

Joe Poulter was a tough, resilient ruckman who had plenty of pace for a big man, but whose kicking sometimes let him down. He was a safe mark, and remained unflinching in the face of often quite ruthless physical pressure. He made his VFL debut with Collingwood in 1923, and had played 83 senior games and kicked 32 goals for the club by the time he transferred to South Melbourne during the 1928 season. 

Poulter was second ruckman in Collingwood's losing Challenge Final team of 1926 against Melbourne, and again in the premiership decider a year later when the Magpies downed Richmond. After crossing to South, Poulter continued to perform serviceably, adding another 31 VFL games and 24 goals in 1928-9 and 1931. During the single season interval between his two stints with the southerners, he served as captain-coach of VFA club Brighton.

Author - John Devaney


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