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Key Facts

Full name
Reginald Hickey

Known as
Reg Hickey

Born
27 March 1906

Died
13 December 1973 (aged 67)

Age at first & last AFL game
First game: 20y 70d
Last game: 34y 52d

Height and weight
Height: 185 cm
Weight: 92 kg

Senior clubs
Geelong

Jumper numbers
Geelong: 18

Family links
Pat Hickey (Uncle)Con Hickey (Uncle)Matthew Primus (Grandson)

Reg Hickey

ClubLeagueCareer spanGamesGoalsAvgWin %AKIAHBAMKBV
GeelongV/AFL1926-1940245240.1061%16.254.1986
Total1926-1940245240.1061%16.254.1986

Pre 1965 stats are for selected matches only

AFL: 3,180th player to appear, 298th most games played, 3,294th most goals kickedGeelong: 325th player to appear, 23rd most games played, 259th most goals kicked

Arguably Geelong's most famous son, Reg Hickey served the club he loved with distinction as both player and coach over a total of 26 seasons. As a player Hickey was a tough, highly skilled and always scrupulously fair defender who joined Geelong from Cressy, and who played a total of 245 VFL games between 1926 and 1940. He was a dual winner of the Cats' best and fairest award, and was a key figure in the their 1931 and 1937 premiership sides, the latter as captain-coach.

Strongly built at 185cm and 92kg, Hickey was a master at breaking attempted tackles, and his frequent clearing dashes were both inspirational and highly telling. Extremely adaptable, he played equally well in both wet and dry conditions, and the fact that he was a genuinely two-sided player made him extremely hard to contain during an era when such ability was comparatively rare.

A VFL representative on 18 occasions Hickey was one of the most revered figures in Victorian football during his playing career, and 11 seasons as non-playing coach of Geelong only served to reinforce that reputation as he presided over a great era for the Cats, including back-to-back flags in 1951-2. After leaving Geelong, Hickey enjoyed success as coach of the VFL representative side which he led to victory at the 1956 Perth carnival.

In 2001, Reg Hickey was selected as the captain and centre half back of Geelong's official 'Team of the Century'.

Author - John Devaney

Sources

Full Points Footy's SA Football Companion

Footnotes

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