Jack Harper

DOB: Unknown

Elected unopposed as club secretary in 1909 to replace the retiring Amos Norcott.

In August of that year he caused controversy by claiming during a speech that the VFA were engaged in dishonest practices, offering league players inducements to leave their clubs and cross to the association. He accused the rival league of "converting young fellows who played from love of sport into mongrels, drunkards, and loafers."

The vice-president of the VFL distanced himself from Harper's comments, pointing out that he'd only been involved in football administration for a year and couldn't speak with any authority. The VFA also attacked him for his comments, and the secretary of the association threatened to resign if action wasn't taken in regards to the matter.

In Round 18, Harper performed a citizens' arrest on a Collingwood fan who had punched a Melbourne player. He remained secretary until resigning on 5 May 1910 to the pressure of business, ill-health and a family bereavement. Players penned a letter asking him to reconsider his decision but he stayed retired.


Argus - 05/03/1909
Bendigo Advertiser - 11/08/1909
Bulletin - 19/08/1909
Argus - 13/05/1910
Herald - 13/05/1910
Australasian - 07/10/1939

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