8 December 1943 (age 78)
Age at first & last AFL game
First game: 20y 139d
Last game: 26y 208d
Height and weight
Height: 185 cm
Weight: 83 kg
Richmond: 39, 1
Nick Jewell (Son)
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Pre 1965 stats are for selected matches only
Tony Jewell commenced his senior football career with Oakleigh and was the club's leading goal kicker, with 40 goals, in 1963. He tried out with St Kilda but failed to impress and was turned away. Richmond, however, decided to take a punt on him and he went on to give them good service, mainly as a half back flanker or back pocket, in 80 VFL games between 1964 and 1970. Hard at the ball and tenacious, the undoubted highlight of his career came in 1967 when he lined up in a back pocket as the Tigers downed Geelong by 9 points on grand final day.
After leaving Richmond Tony Jewell spent six seasons coaching VFA club Caulfield whom he steered to the 1973 second division premiership, the only one the club would ever win in the Association. He played 56 games and kicked 83 goals during his time with the Bears. After a two year stint as coach of the Richmond reserves, which included overseeing a flag in 1977, he took over as senior coach of the Tigers in 1979. A year later he led them to an emphatic 81 point grand final defeat of Collingwood. Just one season later, however, Jewell was sacked with Francis Bourke being installed as coach in his place.
Jewell later had unsuccessful stints as coach of St Kilda (1983-4) and Richmond once more (1986-7). In 2002 he was inducted into the official Richmond Hall of Fame as a servant of the club.
Author - John Devaney