DOB: 6 June 1919
Died: 1 November 1974
Number: 22 (1940-1950)
Actually called John, but universally referred to as Shane, McGrath made the Melbourne list in 1939 but chose to stay in Boort instead. He debuted the next year with five games before a broken ankle suffered in a Seconds game ended his season. The next year he played as a premiership full back.
After the premiership victory McGrath enlisted with the army and served in New Guinea as part of the 15 Field Ambulance. He missed the next two full years before managing two games in 1944 while in Melbourne on leave. Service then kept him out of 1945 before he returned to the side for 20 games in the 1946 Grand Final season.
Full back in the Sporting Life "Team of the Year" of 1947, he received a tempting offer to captain/coach Corowa but stayed with Melbourne and was named full back of the year again in both 1948 and again in 1949, with his defensive partner Don Cordner alongside him in a back pocket. Made captain in 1950, he also captained Victoria that year before moving back to Boort and buying the Commercial Hotel. Despite speculation that he'd return in 1951, he was not moved and remained retired.
Despite missing time while service in the army McGrath is still regarded as one of the Demons best ever full-backs.
His brother Frank McGrath played two games for the Demons.