Australian Football Celebrating the history of the great Australian game


Key Facts

Full name
Thomas Grimshaw

Known as
Tom Grimshaw

9 December 1889

10 August 1958 (aged 68)

Age at first & last AFL game
First game: 18y 145d
Last game: 22y 280d

Height and weight
Height: 179 cm
Weight: 70 kg

Senior clubs
South Melbourne; Footscray

Jumper numbers
South Melbourne: 10

Recruited from
South Melbourne (1913)

Tom Grimshaw

ClubLeagueCareer spanGamesGoalsAvgWin %AKIAHBAMKBV
South MelbourneV/AFL1908-19128500.0065%0

AFL: 1,338th player to appear, 2,798th most games played, 10,202nd most goals kickedSouth Melbourne: 202nd player to appear, 178th most games played, 1,116th most goals kicked

South Melbourne recruited Tom Grimshaw from Footscray juniors in 1908, and he gave the side good service, mainly as a half back flanker, in 85 VFL games over five seasons. He was a member of South's winning Grand Final team against Carlton in 1909, but when the red and whites next made the premiership decider three years later he was missing with a knee injury.

In 1913, Grimshaw crossed to Footscray in the VFA and played in a premiership team in his first season. The following year he was widely regarded as one of the Tricolours' best in a losing Grand Final against North Melbourne. However, rumours that certain players, including Grimshaw, had deliberately played below their best in return for financial inducement gradually gained popularity if not quite credence over the course of the summer months, and prior to the start of the 1915 season Tom Grimshaw, along with four of his team mates, was unceremoniously sacked, bringing a sad end to an otherwise fine career. As for whether or not any of the Footscray players actually did 'play dead' in the 1914 Grand Final, we shall probably never know.

Author - John Devaney


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