Jack Harper

Elected unopposed as club secretary in 1909 to replace the retiring Amos Norcott.

In August of that year he caused controversy by claiming during a speech that the VFA were engaged in dishonest practices, offering league players inducements to leave their clubs and cross to the association.

The vice-president of the VFL distanced himself from Harper's comments, pointing out that he'd only been involved in football administration for a year and couldn't speak with any authority. The VFA also attacked him for his comments, and the secretary of the association threatened to resign if action wasn't taken in regards to the matter.

He remained secretary until May 1910 before resigning owing to the pressure of business, ill-health and a family bereavement.


The Argus - 05/03/1909
Bendigo Advertiser - 11/08/1909
The Argus - 13/05/1910
Australasian - 07/10/1939

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