From: Glen Iris
Number: 37 (1960-1967)
Recruited to Melbourne as a Fourths player, Massey was residentially tied to Hawthorn but qualified to play at Melbourne by registering to play under his grandmother's Murrumbeena address.
Massey played Thirds in 1957, but after first appearing on the senior team list in 1958 it took four years to become a fixture in Melbourne's side. In 1959 he represented the VFL Seconds against South Australia. He finally found a regular spot in the side in 1962, with his three most productive seasons culminating by playing full-back in the 1964 Premiership side. The close-checking defender once attracted controversy when Norm Smith ordered him to shave off a freshly grown moustache.
His 1965 season was destroyed when he suffered a burst blood vessel in his thigh during an intra-club match and had a recurrence of the injury during a reserves game. He didn't play until Round 9, when the wheels had started to fall off the Demon machine.
After seven games in 1967, he transferred to VFA side Waverley. It left Massey on 99 games, but at the time night matches were counted amongst senior appearances so he was considered to have played 102 senior games at the time. Yarraville had also sought his services.
Massey became captain-coach of Diamond Valley League side Eltham in 1968, and coached Port Fairy before returning to Melbourne as an assistant, and Reserves coach in 1971. That year he filled in for absent senior coach Ian Ridley for one match, winning the Night Series final. He was again captain/coach of Eltham from 1974 to 1976.
|Round 17, 1961||Striking||2 matches|