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Ivor Warne-Smith

Image DOB: 29 October 1897
Died : 4 March 1960

Debut: Round 10, 1919 against St. Kilda at MCG
Last Game: Round 18, 1932 against St. Kilda at MCG

From: Wesley College/Latrobe

Number: 33 1919, 14 1925-1932

Honours:
Premiership Player - 1926
Captain - Coach - 1928 - 1931
Brownlow Medal - 1926, 1928
Victorian state representative - 6 times from 1926-1929 (Captain in 1928/1929)
Australian Football Hall of Fame inductee - 1996
Team Of The Century member
150 Heroes selection
MFC Hall of Fame - 2001
MFC Hall of Fame legend - 2013
Life Member - 1952

Games: 146
Goals: 110
Career Statistics

WinsDrawsLossesWinning %
8535858.21

Born in Sydney, Warne-Smith started his career in the Metropolitan Amateurs competition after coming to Melbourne as a boarder at Wesley College and discovering Australian Football. He lied about his age while under 18 to join the army during World War I and was gassed by the Germans. Both his brothers were killed in the conflict.

With Melbourne suffering a winless 1919 season on their post-war return to the competition, Warne-Smith was one of the many recruits trialled by the Redlegs. He impressed selectors and played eight games at centre half-back before he decided to try his hand at farming in Tasmania.

He continued his footy career there, spending four seasons in the NWFU - captain-coaching to premierships in 1922 and 1924. He was also runner-up in the competition's Best and Fairest award for the 1923 and 1924 seasons.

Richmond identity and future Melbourne coach Checker Hughes spotted Warne-Smith in Tasmania and suggested the Tigers sign him at all costs. They did so, but the VFL ruled that he was still tied to the Redlegs.

Despite suffering breathing difficulties as a result of being gassesd, Warne-Smith was still renowned as one of the fittest players in the competition. In 1926 he was made vice-captain and won his first Brownlow Medal with nine votes, four clear of his nearest rivals. The same year the Demons won their second premiership.

In 1927 he was linked to Ballarat side Golden Point, but stayed and was named vice-captain. He became captain-coach in 1928. He would win his second Brownlow Medal that year, and also played for Victoria despite missing a game in Adelaide due to business

Warne-Smith was named at centre-half forward in both the Melbourne and Tasmanian teams of the century.

YearGamesGoalsBrownlow
1919 82n/a
1925 1871
1926 20179
1927 1661
1928 20138
1929 18194
1930 17232
1931 1693
1932 13140

Coaching

First game: Round 1, 1928 vs Essendon at Windy Hill
Last game: Round 18, 1932 vs Collingwood at MCG

MatchesWinsDrawsLosses%
924811553.26

The Redlegs won the premiership in Warne-Smith's first season, but missed out on the finals thereafter. He initially retired from playing at the end of 1931, but was forced to suit up again in 1932 due to a lack of players. As coach he played under the newly appointed captain Francis Vine.

Resigning as coach again at the end of that year he was succeeded by Checker Hughes for 1933. He started the pre-season, but in March of that year he finally retired from playing.

Image Warne-Smith retired after being replaced as coach and became a writer for the Melbourne Argus, as well as a veteran of the Second World War when he re-enlisted at 43-years-old. He'd originally been told he was too old to serve, but ended up going to the Middle East, New Guinea and Borneo.

In 1947 he returned to the Demons as a member of the Committee of Management and as a selector. In 1949 he became chairman of selectors and served in that role until his death. He was also on the board of the Melbourne Cricket Club at the same time.

Warne-Smith died of heart disease at the age of 60 in March 1960. The MFC annual report of that year said "We mourn his passing with the certain knowledge that, in having known him, our club has been much the better for it".

Lists
Players who served during war

Notes
Some sources say Francis Vine was captain in 1932 and show Warne-Smith as "non playing coach". He came out of retirement after the first month of the season but was not 'captain'.

Media
Record - 12/03/1927
"Prominent personalities" - Table Talk 05/05/1927
"Warne-Smith to retire" - The Argus 28/03/1933
The Independent - 31/03/1933
Football Record R1 1933

Links
Australian Dictionary of Biography
Boyles Football Photos
War record
Wikipedia profile

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