Jack Leith

Image DOB: 12 August 1872
Died: 24 April 1935

VFL Debut: Round 1, 1897 against South Melbourne at Lake Oval
Last Game: Round 7, 1912 against Essendon at MCG

From: Geelong/Carlton

Number: 24 1912

Premiership Player - 1900
Leading Goalkicker - 1897, 1899, 1902, 1907
150 Heroes selection
Life Member - 2005

Games: 133
Goals: 162
Career Statistics

WinsDrawsLossesWinning %

Originally from Geelong, Leith moved to Carlton in 1891 and then Melbourne in May 1896. He had originally sought a clearance to Essendon but it wasn't granted. A leading advocate of the place kick he once nailed five from five against St Kilda with the method and was four times Melbourne's leading goalkicker.

Almost ever present in the early years of Melbourne's life in the VFL, the one game he missed in 1898 was due to his child tragically passing away on the morning of a match. He returned the next week and played out the season but was well down on his form from the previous year.

Leith retired at the end of 1908 and worked as a trainer for the club but was persuaded to return in 1911 when he played as a defender in four games over two years before giving up the game for good just before his 40th birthday. At 39 years and 296 days is the second oldest man ever to have played VFL/AFL football, behind only Vic Cumberland

After his retirement Leith was a ground attendant at the MCG, and for many years operated the scoreboard. He was posthumously awarded life membership in 2005.

Played for a VFL representative side against Bendigo District in 1897.

1897 1726
1898 1617
1899 1621
1900 1719
1901 74
1902 1326
1903 1213
1905 74
1906 127
1907 1121
1908 11
1911 33
1912 10

May have debuted for Carlton in 1893.


Sportsman - 08/06/1897
Argus - 11/07/1898
Examiner - 07/09/1910
Herald - 24/04/1935

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