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John Lord

Image DOB: 2 April 1937

Debut: Round 1, 1957 against Fitzroy at Brunswick Street
Last Game: Round 17, 1965 against Collingwood at Victoria Park

From: Echuca/Lismore

Number: 4 1957-1965

Honours:
Premiership player - 1957, 1959, 1960, 1964
Seconds Premiership player - 1956
150 Heroes selection
Life Member - 1965

Games: 132
Goals: 80
Career Statistics

WinsDrawsLossesWinning %
9823274.24

The son of John Lord Sr., the younger Lord was playing in the Western Plains League when he came to the attention of Geelong. He worked for a company with close links to the Cats, but when the Geelong brains trust travelled to watch him play they went to the wrong ground and missed Lord's entire contribution to the match - he was knocked out in the first minute.

Desperate to secure the son of their ex-player the Demons signed Lord to the Thirds to secure him, where he played two games in 1954. He returned to Lismore in 1955. Still interested in playing for Geelong, Lord asked to be cleared in the 1956 pre-season but after an impressive performance in a practice game Melbourne refused his request.

Despite missing half the season with national service duties he returned for the 1956 Reserves finals and played in a premiership team.

Lord broke into the senior side in the first round of 1957, by the end of that year he was a premiership player, having held down centre-half back in the Grand Final. He hadn't been picked for Melbourne's Semi Final, but when they lost he was brought into the side for the Preliminary Final and held his spot.

Having tasted premiership glory in his first season, Lord suffered a downturn in 1958, playing just 11 games and none after round 16. The next year he also spent considerable amounts of time in the reserves, playing the first two games of 1959 before returning to the seconds until a recall for the round 15 loss to Footscray. He held his place though, and the team went on steamroll through to another Grand Final without losing another game. Melbourne won, and despite spending much of the year out of the senior side Lord had his second flag.

After being told he had no chance of a clearance to the WAFL club who were seeking his signature in the 1960 pre-season he finally secured his place in the first team that year and alternated between the ruck and backline. Playing all 20 matches for the season he was considered one of the best on ground in the Grand Final for his performance at centre-half back.

Used in both defence and attack throughout his career, Lord moved into the forward line more from 1962 onwards. With just nine career goals before that year he booted 16 and went on to kick double figures in each of his remaining seasons including two goals in a forward pocket to help the Demons win the 1964 Grand Final.

His performance in the '64 Grand Final was the highlight of a disappointing year where he had struggled to hit top form after suffering a shoulder injury against Hawthorn in the 1963 finals series. He had been lucky to make Round 1, 1964 after re-injuring his shoulder water skiing in an attempt to rehabilitate the injury.

He coached East Ringwood in 1966 and worked as a television executive with Channel 0 (now Channel 10) and Channel Seven. In retirement Lord served as an MCG tour guide.

In 1985 he was part of a rebel group which attempted to force Billy Snedden out of the club presidency and replace him with Jim Cardwell.

YearGamesGoalsBrownlow
1957 1400
1958 1113
1959 801
1960 2044
1961 1943
1962 18165
1963 20196
1964 8140
1965 14223


Notes
May have been the John Lord who coached MHSOB in 1988.

Media
Argus - 19/03/1955
Age 21/03/1956
Argus - 04/04/1956
Age - 08/03/1960
Age - 03/06/1964
Canberra Times - 27/08/1985

Links
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Wikipedia profile

Created by Supermercado. Last Modification: Wednesday 17 July 2019 21:36:02 AEST by Supermercado. (Version 28)

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