Bernie Massey

Image DOB: 12 August 1939
Died: 19 June 2023

Debut: Round 1, 1960 against North Melbourne at MCG
Last Game: Round 7, 1967 against Essendon at Windy Hill

From: Glen Iris

Number: 37 (1960-1967)

Premiership Player - 1964
150 Heroes selection
Life Member - 1968
Night Series premiership coach - 1971

Games: 99
Goals: 0
Career Statistics

WinsDrawsLossesWinning %

Statistical categories led:
Most games without a goal : 99
Most games in jumper 37

Recruited to Melbourne as a Fourths player, Massey was residentially tied to Hawthorn but was able to move up to the Demons' Under 19s team by registering to play under his grandmother's Murrumbeena address, placing him in the club's recruiting zone.

Massey played Thirds in 1957, but after first appearing on the senior team list in 1958 it took four years to become a fixture in Melbourne's side. In 1959 he represented the VFL Seconds against South Australia. He said that he was in line to replace retiring full-back Peter Marquis in 1959 but told Norm Smith he was unavailable for Round 1 due to his cousin's wedding and didn't get another chance for a year. He finally found a regular spot in the side in 1962, with his three most productive seasons culminating by playing full-back in the 1964 Premiership side. The close-checking defender once attracted controversy when Norm Smith ordered him to shave off a freshly grown moustache.

His 1965 season was destroyed when he suffered a burst blood vessel in his thigh during an intra-club match and had a recurrence of the injury during a reserves game. He didn't play until Round 9, when the wheels had started to fall off the Demon machine.

After seven games in 1967, he transferred to VFA side Waverley. It left Massey on 99 games, but at the time night matches were counted amongst senior appearances so he was considered to have played 102 senior games at the time. Yarraville had also sought his services.

Massey became captain-coach of Diamond Valley League side Eltham in 1968, and coached Port Fairy before returning to Melbourne as an assistant, and Reserves coach in 1971. That year he filled in for absent senior coach Ian Ridley for one match, winning the Night Series final. He was again captain/coach of Eltham from 1974 to 1976.

Massey's father Ern was a long time Under 19s and Reserves offical, and is also a Life Member of Melbourne.

1960 700
1961 800
1962 1602
1963 2000
1964 1800
1965 700
1966 1600
1967 700

Tribunal Record

Round 17, 1961 Striking 2 matches

Near Misses

Age - 17/06/1959
Age - 19/05/1965
Age - 15/06/1967
Age - 01/07/1967
Demon - December 1996

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