Australian Football Celebrating the history of the great Australian game


Key Facts

Full name
Walter Lock

Known as
Wally Lock

22 January 1917

17 June 1992 (aged 75)

Age at first & last AFL game
First game: 19y 171d
Last game: 32y 217d

Height and weight
Height: 180 cm
Weight: 83 kg

Senior clubs

Jumper numbers
Melbourne: 18

Wally Lock

ClubLeagueCareer spanGamesGoalsAvgWin %AKIAHBAMKBV
MelbourneV/AFL1936-1941, 1946-1949140140.1070%14.313.0014
Total1936-1941, 1946-1949140140.1070%14.313.0014

Pre 1965 stats are for selected matches only

AFL: 4,416th player to appear, 1,479th most games played, 4,359th most goals kickedMelbourne: 552nd player to appear, 81st most games played, 369th most goals kicked

Wally Lock gave solid service to Melbourne in a war-interrupted 140 VFL game career, commencing in 1936 and ending 13 years later. Early in his career he suffered a number of disappointments, missing the club’s triumphant 1939 grand final through suspension, and the following year’s winning play-off with injury. He finally got to play in a premiership team in 1941 when, lining up at full back, he was the best player afield in a 29 point grand final defeat of Essendon.

Between 1942 and 1945 Lock served in the army, but when he resumed his football career in 1946 he quickly showed that he had lost none of his prowess. He won a club best and fairest award in 1947 and was named in the prestigious Sporting Life Team of the Year the same season.

In 1948 Wally Lock again missed the opportunity to play in a premiership team when he injured his knee in the second semi final clash with Essendon. Melbourne went on to turn the tables on the Bombers after a replayed grand final.

The high esteem in which Lock is held was reflected in his inclusion as an interchange player in Melbourne’s official ‘Team of the Century’.

Author - John Devaney


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