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Key Facts

Full name
Victor George Belcher

Known as
Vic Belcher

Born
24 August 1888

Place of birth
Launceston, TAS (7250)

Died
3 January 1977 (aged 88)

Age at first & last AFL game
First game: 18y 246d
Last game: 32y 11d

Height and weight
Height: 180 cm
Weight: 80 kg

Senior clubs
South Melbourne

Jumper numbers
South Melbourne: 1, 2

Recruited from
Brunswick (1907)

State of origin
TAS

Family links
Alan Belcher (Brother)

Vic Belcher

ClubLeagueCareer spanGamesGoalsAvgWin %AKIAHBAMKBV
South MelbourneV/AFL1907-1915, 1917-1920226620.2767%0
Total1907-1915, 1917-1920226620.2767%0

AFL: 1,232nd player to appear, 413th most games played, 1,685th most goals kickedSouth Melbourne: 188th player to appear, 23rd most games played, 112th most goals kicked

The only player to represent South Melbourne in both of its first two VFL premiership teams, Vic Belcher’s league career began in 1907, and ended in 1920, 226 games later. Prior to that he had played briefly with Brunswick in the VFA.

Renowned for his ability to ruck all day, Belcher was also an inspirational leader, and captained the southerners from 1913 to 1917 (with a war-enforced break in 1916), and again in 1920. He also coached the club from 1914 to 1917. Vigorous, tenacious and hard-working rather than a stylist, Belcher was often at his best when the going got strenuous. This was seldom better exemplified than in the hurly burly of the second half of the 1918 premiership play-off against Collingwood, when Belcher’s resolute and tireless ruckwork was the chief difference between the teams in a photo finish.

Between 1922 and 1924, Vic Belcher was non-playing coach of Fitzroy, steering the Maroons to the 1922 premiership, second place the following year, and third place in 1924. He also served as non-playing coach of his original club, Brunswick, for a time, and was coach of VAFA side Old Scotch Collegians when it won a then record fourth successive A Section flag in 1934.

His older brother Alan was also a fine footballer with Collingwood (briefly) and Essendon. The Belcher brothers hailed originally from Derwent Valley in Tasmania.

Author - John Devaney

Sources

Full Points Footy's Tasmanian Football Companion

Footnotes

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