Australian Football Celebrating the history of the great Australian game


Key Facts

Full name
James Walter Thomas Jenkins

Known as
Jimmy Jenkins

15 February 1897

Place of birth
Campbell Town, TAS (7210)

25 April 1983 (aged 86)

Age at first & last AFL game
First game: 24y 81d
Last game: 28y 76d

Height and weight
Height: 193 cm
Weight: 89 kg

Senior clubs
St. Kilda; Coburg; Brunswick

Jumper numbers
St. Kilda: 3, 12, 5

Recruited from
North Launceston (1921); St. Kilda (1925); Coburg (1934)

State of origin

Jimmy Jenkins

ClubLeagueCareer spanGamesGoalsAvgWin %AKIAHBAMKBV
St. KildaV/AFL1921-192550160.3236%0

AFL: 2,602nd player to appear, 4,235th most games played, 4,054th most goals kickedSt. Kilda: 519th player to appear, 310th most games played, 344th most goals kicked

Originally from Tasmania, ruckman Jimmy Jenkins commenced his career in 1921 with St Kilda and went on to play 50 VFL games and kick 16 goals over the course of a five season stint with the club. Capable of holding down a key defensive position as well as rucking tirelessly he was twice selected in VFL number two teams against New South Wales. 

Far and away the most noteworthy phase of Jenkins' career, however, came between 1926 and 1933 when he played 176 games and kicked 66 goals for Coburg in the VFA. Voted the club's best and fairest player in 1928 and again in 1931 he was a key member of the Lions' 1926-7-8 premiership teams. He also captain-coached the club for a time. In 1934 and 1935 he rounded off his career by adding 34 VFA games and kicking 4 goals for Brunswick.

Jim Jenkins was named as first ruckman in Coburg's official 'Team of the Century' and has also been inducted into the Lions' Hall of Fame.

Author - John Devaney



* Behinds calculated from the 1965 season on.
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