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Roy Park

Image DOB: 30 July 1892
Died: 23 January 1947

MFC Debut: Round 1, 1915 against Richmond at MCG
Last Game: Round 16, 1915 against South Melbourne at MCG

From: Wesley College/University

Number: 16 1915

Games: 13 (57 total)
Goals: 35 (146 total)
Career Statistics

WinsDrawsLossesWinning %
90469.23

Park was a goalkicking superstar for University in an era where they struggled to win a game. In fact despite leading the league goalkicking in 1913 the 5ft 5in forward lost all 44 of his matches for The Students. It mirrored his schoolboy days where he topped the goalkicking while playing at Wesley in a team that didn't win a match.

Initially planning to retire after the 1914 season Park crossed to Melbourne after University folded and he had completed his medical studies. In 1915 he played 12 games before he was controversially reported for striking. He played one more game before the hearing, and despite three witnesses vouching that he hadn't attacked the player in question he was suspended for three matches. Park retired from the VFL immediately.

During the war he served in Europe as part of the 5th Field Ambulance Unit, and when he returned late in the 1919 season there was speculation that Park would rejoin Melbourne, but he opted out of football that year and played cricket. He returned to football midway through 1920 when he signed for VFA side Footscray, and remained there for two seasons and a premiership.

After his football career ended Park threw himself into a cricket career and earned a test call-up for Australia against England at the MCG during the 1920-21. He was dismissed for a golden duck in his first innings and urban legend has it that his wife dropped her knitting as he faced his first ball and therefore missed his entire test batting career.

He attempted to win a clearance from Footscray to South Melbourne in 1922 but the comeback bid was soon dropped before Melbourne could be asked to provide him a clearance to play with the Swans.

His son-in-law Ian Johnson became the secretary of the MCC in the 1950's.

YearGamesGoals
1915 1335

Tribunal Record
MatchChargeSanction
Round 15, 1915 Striking 8 matches


Lists
Players who served during war
University

Media
The Argus - 06/07/1914
The Argus - 01/04/1915
Football Record R9 1922

Links
Wikipedia profile
Cricinfo profile
Melbourne University profiles
Discussion on his last match

Created by Supermercado. Last Modification: Saturday 24 October 2015 21:15:08 AEDT by Supermercado. (Version 25)

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