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Key Facts

Full name
Thomas Joseph Corrigan

Known as
Tommy Corrigan

Born
24 February 1903

Place of birth
North Melbourne, VIC (3051)

Died
9 January 1943 (aged 39)

Place of death
Heidelberg, VIC (3084)

Occupation
Council officer (Registrar of Sustenance, Northcote)

Age at first & last AFL game
First game: 19y 71d
Last game: 25y 176d

Height and weight
Height: 178 cm
Weight: 76 kg

Senior clubs
Fitzroy; Northcote

Jumper numbers
Fitzroy: 27

Recruited from
Fitzroy (1929)

State of origin
VIC

Family links
Leigh Robertson (Grandson)Glenn Robertson (Grandson)

Tommy Corrigan

ClubLeagueCareer spanGamesGoalsAvgWin %AKIAHBAMKBV
FitzroyV/AFL1922-1928107130.1254%1
NorthcoteVFA1929-1933
Total1922-1933107130.12

AFL: 2,683rd player to appear, 2,220th most games played, 4,468th most goals kickedFitzroy: 288th player to appear, 95th most games played, 306th most goals kicked

Tommy Corrigan was a highly accomplished all round footballer who played as a centreman throughout his career. That career commenced with Fitzroy in 1922, a season which culminated in the ‘Roys downing Collingwood in the premiership decider by 11 points with Corrigan in his customary position in the pivot. This remained the undoubted highlight of his time in football, although he was to taste premiership success twice more.

Between 1922 and 1928 Tommy Corrigan played 107 VFL games and booted 13 goals for Fitzroy. He spent the next five seasons playing for VFA side Northcote which made the grand final in every one of those years. Corrigan missed the 1929 flag decider with a leg injury but played in the other four, the last two of which resulted in victories. 

Author - John Devaney

Sources

Encyclopedia of AFL Footballers by Russell Holmesby & Jim Main; Wikipedia article; The Roar of the Crowd: A History of VFA Grand Finals by Marc Fiddian

Footnotes

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