Australian Football Celebrating the history of the great Australian game


Key Facts

Full name
John E Hoiles Snr

Known as
John Hoiles

11 August 1938 (age 85)

Age at first & last AFL game
First game: 18y 364d
Last game: 26y 11d

Height and weight
Height: 188 cm
Weight: 85 kg

Senior clubs

Jumper numbers
Footscray: 39, 23

Family links
John Hoiles Jnr (Son)

John Hoiles

ClubLeagueCareer spanGamesGoalsAvgWin %AKIAHBAMKBV

Pre 1965 stats are for selected matches only

AFL: 6,867th player to appear, 1,972nd most games played, 5,653rd most goals kickedFootscray: 444th player to appear, 104th most games played, 437th most goals kicked

Johnny Hoiles was a hefty key position defender with great strength. Prior to joining Footscray he had played as a ruckman with Sunbury. He played 117 VFL games and kicked 7 goals for the Bulldogs between 1959 and 1964. He was at centre half back for the 1961 grand final in which Footscray lost to Hawthorn.

The 1965 season saw Hoiles taking up the coaching reins at Ovens and Murray Football League club Corowa, allegedly in return for the princely sum for the times of £4,500. Three seasons later Hoiles played in Corowa's first premiership team since 1932.

John Hoiles' son, also called John Hoiles, played VFL football briefly (7 games) for Geelong in the 1980s.

Author - John Devaney


Encyclopedia of AFL Footballers by Russell Holmesby & Jim Main; Wikipedia article


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