26 March 1914
11 January 2002 (aged 87)
Age at first & last AFL game
First game: 19y 97d
Last game: 30y 160d
Height and weight
Height: 179 cm
Weight: 83 kg
Geelong: 30, 8
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Pre 1965 stats are for selected matches only
There is every justification for Geelong’s claim that in Tom Arklay they have one of the best half-back flankers in the league.¹
Tough, dependable and quick, Geelong's Tom Arklay stood out among the players of his generation by being genuinely two-sided. Recruited from North Geelong, he played most of his 137 game VFL career between 1933 and 1941 as well as in 1944 as a half back flanker, although he could also do a serviceable job on the ball. Extremely adept overhead, he was regarded as one of the strongest players physically in the league, and typically ran straight atthe ball regardless of potential impediments (whether hostile or friendly). He was on a halfback flank in the Cats' winning grand final of 1937 against Collingwood, and he won the club's best and fairest award twice. Arklay was Geelong's captain in 1941 and for part of 1944; he also coached the side in 1944.
Author - John Devaney
1. “The Herald”, 13/9/37, page 20.