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Key Facts

Full name
John Austin

Known as
Jack Austin

9 December 1910

8 March 1983 (aged 72)

Age at first & last AFL game
First game: 19y 166d
Last game: 27y 240d

Height and weight
Height: 175 cm
Weight: 78 kg

Senior clubs
South Melbourne

Jumper numbers
South Melbourne: 9, 3

Jack Austin

ClubLeagueCareer spanGamesGoalsAvgWin %AKIAHBAMKBV
South MelbourneV/AFL1930-1938140190.1461%14.282.795

Pre 1965 stats are for selected matches only

AFL: 3,684th player to appear, 1,477th most games played, 3,752nd most goals kickedSouth Melbourne: 438th player to appear, 81st most games played, 326th most goals kicked

Jack Austen (sic.) ... was a fine half back ... He had lots of dash, was a sound mark and a lovely kick. His clearing kick, landing with his half forwards, started many a South Melbourne attack.¹

Jack Austin was a solid, consistent and reliable performer for South Melbourne in 140 VFL games between 1930 and 1938. Capable of playing well in almost any set position, he was most commonly used, and probably most effective, as a defender. He was one of the best players afield when South overcame Richmond by 42 points in the 1933 VFL grand final, and was also named among the best players after the losing grand finals of 1934-5. He was excellent overhead, whether marking or spoiling, and was rarely beaten in one-on-one contests.

Author - John Devaney


1. Jack Dyer in “Sporting Life”, August 1955, page 27.


Full Points Footy Publications, Crème de la Crème


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