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Key Facts

Full name
Henry Wescott

Known as
Leo Wescott

Born
8 July 1900

Died
25 February 1970 (aged 69)

Age at first & last AFL game
First game: 21y 302d
Last game: 31y 304d

Height and weight
Height: 170 cm
Weight: 70 kg

Senior clubs
Collingwood; Longford; Brunswick

Jumper numbers
Collingwood: 28, 31, 26, 25, 29, 22

Recruited from
Collingwood (1930); Longford (1931); Collingwood (1933)

Family links
Vin Batchelor (Brother-in-law)

Leo Wescott

ClubLeagueCareer spanGamesGoalsAvgWin %AKIAHBAMKBV
CollingwoodV/AFL1922-1927, 1929, 1931-193214330.0270%12.834.170
LongfordNTFA1930
KynetonBFL1933
BrunswickVFA1934-1936
Total1922-1927, 1929-193614330.02

Pre 1965 stats are for selected matches only

AFL: 2,707th player to appear, 1,430th most games played, 7,059th most goals kickedCollingwood: 263rd player to appear, 112th most games played, 647th most goals kicked

Invariably known as 'Leo', Henry Wescott was a late starter in league football, being already 22 years of age by the time he made his VFL debut with Collingwood in 1922. Solidly reliable, and an excellent kick, he played most of his 143 game senior career with the Magpies in the back pocket, from which position he contributed to the 1927 Final and 1929 Challenge Final defeats of Richmond.

After spending the 1930 season with NTFA side Longford, where he won the Tasman Shield Trophy as the competition's best and fairest player, Wescott resumed with the Magpies in 1931 and played on for two final seasons. After coaching Kyneton in 1933 he was appointed captain-coach of VFA side Prahran where he held the reins for five seasons, the last two in a non-playing capacity. Under Wescott, the Two Blues contested the Grand Finals of 1936 and 1937, winning the latter game at the expense of Brunswick.

When the side dropped to fourth in 1938, Wescott had a difference of opinion with club officials which precipitated his departure to Sandringham, where he served as coach until midway through a disastrous 1941 season that ended with the Zebras rooted to the bottom of the ladder, without a win from their 20 matches. It was undoubtedly not the climax to his coaching career that 'he would have wanted, but the fact is that cold statistics sometimes belie the truth, which in this case is that 'Leo' Wescott was highly regarded at Sandringham for his efforts to lift the club, efforts which might be seen as belatedly bearing fruit with the Zebras' march to the 1946 premiership.

Author - John Devaney

Sources

Full Points Footy Publications

Footnotes

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