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Key Facts

Full name
John Kay

Known as
Jack Kay

24 August 1870

Place of birth
Willaston, SA (5118)

9 December 1946 (aged 76)

Place of death
Adelaide, SA (5000)

Senior clubs
South Adelaide; North Adelaide; Sturt

Recruited from
South Adelaide (1899); North Adelaide (1901); South Adelaide (1909)

State of origin

Jack Kay

ClubLeagueCareer spanGamesGoalsAvgWin %AKIAHBAMKBV
South AdelaideSAFA1891-1898, 1901-19061751550.89
North AdelaideSAFA1899-1900451.25
SAFL1891-1906, 19091831620.89
Total1891-1906, 19091831620.89

Jack Kay had two stints at South Adelaide between 1891 and 1898, and from 1901 to 1906, and was recognised as one of the most dangerous forwards of his day. He topped the SAFA goal kicking list on three occasions, booting 25 goals in 1896, 35 in 1898, and 28 in 1902. Kay represented South Australia once, kicking two goals. 

After the SAFA introduced the electorate rule he was forced to spend the 1899 and 1900 seasons with North Adelaide, but in 1901 he showed his true feelings by relocating to the heart of the city in order to be eligible to play for South once more. In 1909 he made an attempted comeback with Sturt at the invitation of former teammate Oscar Hyman but played just four games with the club before retiring for good.

Author - John Devaney


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