Len Toyne

Image DOB: 12 July 1922
Died: 17 March 1998

MFC Debut: Round 7, 1949 against Essendon at Windy Hill
Last Game: Round 19, 1949 against Hawthorn at Glenferrie Oval

From: Terang/Geelong/Fitzroy/Sandringham

Number: 15 (1949)

Games: 12 (59 total)
Goals: 18 (37 total)
Career Statistics

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Toyne began his VFL career at Geelong in 1940, but when they were forced into recess by World War II travel restrictions he moved to Fitzroy for 1942. Toyne missed the next two seasons serving in the AIF but returned to his original club in 1945 and finished third in their best and fairest.

Toyne was then cleared to VFA club Sandringham and appointed their Captain-Coach. He delivered a premiership in his first season, and another Grand Final the next year. He was linked to the vacant South Melbourne coaching job in 1947.

Toyne resigned after Round 5 1949 claiming victimisation from association umpires and two attacks by fans, including a Port Melbourne supporter threatening him with a bottle. He had already attempted to win a clearance back to Geelong at the end of 1948, citing dissatisfaction with the administration of the Association.

He signed with the Demons immediately and played out the season with them before moving to SANFL club Sturt as Captain-Coach for two years from 1950 to 1951. He had been transferred to Adelaide as part of his employment.

Toyne finished his career as captain/coach of Launceston during the 1954 Northern Tasmanian season.

His second cousin Ian Toyne played a single game for the Demons in 1952.

1949 12 180
Tribunal Record
Round 13, 1949 Striking Not Guilty

Players who served during war

Some sources say he was first cousin to Len

Herald - 28/08/1947
Argus - 03/09/1948
Sporting Globe - 21/05/1949
Football Record R7 1949
News - 15/12/1949
Argus - 15/12/1949
Sporting Globe - 10/02/1954

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