DOB: 12 February 1912
Died: 14 December 1981
From: West Brunswick State School/Brunswick Amateurs/Brunswick
Won two premierships with his school side, then spent two years with the amateurs before being recruited by the Brunswick VFA side. Recruited to Melbourne after winning Brunswick's most improved and Best and Fairest awards, Kinnear had previously unsuccessfully applied to become playing coach with Maryborough at just 21-years-old.
Often used as a half-back, Kinnear never found a permanent spot in the Melbourne side and played in five different numbers over six years. At one point he only played nine games in three years, and in 1935 he won the Gardiner Medal for best player in the Seconds competition while playing as a full-back.
He spent his summers as a member of the MCC cricketing XI, and after playing in the 1936 seconds premiership he dashed from the ground after the side's victory to play cricket at the Albert Ground. He also worked as the scoreboard operator at the MCG.
Kinnear was dropped from Melbourne's list shortly before the 1938 season and returned to Brunswick in 1939. His son Col went on to coach the Sydney Swans between 1989 and 1991, and his brother Bill played for Essendon.
Served in the army during World War II as part of the 1n Ordnance division.
|Round 10, 1936||Elbowing||Not Guilty|