Australian Football Celebrating the history of the great Australian game


Key Facts

Full name
Jack Graham

Known as
Jack Graham

7 May 1916

14 April 1984 (aged 67)

Age at first & last AFL game
First game: 19y 95d
Last game: 33y 14d

Height and weight
Height: 191 cm
Weight: 99 kg

Senior clubs
South Melbourne; South Adelaide

Jumper numbers
South Melbourne: 22, 27

Family links
Ricky Graham (Son)Ben Graham (Grandson)

Jack Graham

ClubLeagueCareer spanGamesGoalsAvgWin %AKIAHBAMKBV
South MelbourneV/AFL1935-19492272331.0348%16.257.0073
South AdelaideSANFL1955
Total1935-1949, 19552272331.03

Pre 1965 stats are for selected matches only

AFL: 4,314th player to appear, 422nd most games played, 316th most goals kickedSouth Melbourne: 494th player to appear, 24th most games played, 19th most goals kicked

One of the last VFL players to use the place kick, Jack Graham was a clever and often commanding ruckman or utility who gave South Melbourne sterling service in 227 games over sixteen seasons. He was at centre half back in South Melbourne's losing Grand Final team of 1936, and led the rucks in the 1945 Bloodbath Grand Final. Winner of South's best and fairest award in 1945, he also topped the club's goal kicking list twice. He was a regular VFL interstate team member for the three years immediately before and after World War II. 

After leaving the VFL at the end of the 1949 season Graham coached in the Victorian country before taking up a similar role with South Adelaide in 1955. Despite being aged over thirty-nine he made a brief comeback as a player that year but was unable to prevent the club slumping to the wooden spoon.

Author - John Devaney


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