DOB: 28 October 1881
Died: 17 June 1951
Coming to the club just after they had surprisingly won the 1900 premiership, Coutie was one of the VFL's finest forwards in an era when the Fuschias never once finished in the top four.
Having already sat on match committee since 1905 he became captain in 1907. He moved to Euroa the next year but continued to play on and kicked 37 goals - including eight against St. Kilda in round 14. That year he captained the VFL against the Bendigo League.
Reappointed captain in 1910, he served in that capacity until his retirement midway through 1911 - a week before his wedding. He returned for six games with VFA side Port Melbourne the next year, and kicked five goals for Melbourne in a 1913 pre-season game but couldn't be induced to play on.
In a low scoring era, Coutie had proved himself as a tremendous mark with great ball skills. He was chaired from the ground after his last match. He played as an amateur through his career.
A champion swimmer during his career he won the Melbourne Swimming Club championship in 1903 and held the Victorian quarter mile record. He played as an amateur throughout his career.
An A. Coutie played for Melbourne alongside Vin in the 1905 exhibition match against Sale. They are presumed to be brothers.
May have started 1912 with Middle Park Wesleys before joining Port Melbourne.
Herald - 26/05/1905
Bairnsdale Advertiser and Tambo and Omeo Chronicle - 15/08/1905
Bendigo Advertiser - 17/09/1906
Benalla Standard - 27/03/1908
Punch - 01/06/1911
Referee - 21/06/1911
Punch - 01/05/1913
The Argus - 19/06/1951