Vic Cumberland

Image DOB: 4 July 1877
Died: 15 July 1927

Debut: Round 15, 1898 against Geelong at Corio Oval
Last MFC Game: Round 17, 1901 against Fitzroy at Brunswick Street

From: Brighton (Tasmania)/St Kilda

Premiership Player - 1900
Australian Football Hall of Fame member
150 Heroes selection

Games: 50 (176 total)
Goals: 15 (87 total)
Career Statistics

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Melbourne-born, Harold Vivian "Vic" Cumberland moved to Tasmania as a youngster, and started his senior football career at 15-years-old. He returned to Victoria in 1898, and went to the Junction Oval for a practice match with the intention of joining St Kilda. He got a chance when one of their junior sides was short of players, and after starring Cumberland was convinced by a Melbourne official to sign for them instead.

The 6'2" ruckman formed one of the best ruck combinations in the early days of the league alongside Fred McGinis and George Moodie and was a member of the surprise 1900 premiership side.

After initially being linked with a move to Western Australia, Cumberland attempted to win a clearance to St. Kilda shortly before the 1902 season but was refused and spent the season playing for amateur side Collegians instead. He finally landed at the Junction Oval in 1903 and immediately helped lift a previously disappointing side up the ladder.

In mid-1904, Cumberland moved to New Zealand in an attempt to establish Australian Rules Football, playing for the Auckland Imperial club. On returning to Australia he captain-coached Broken Hill. In 1907 he went back to St Kilda, playing two years and helping the club to its first finals appearance before crossing to Adelaide to win a Magarey Medal with Sturt. In 1912 he returned to the VFL again, playing in St Kilda's losing 1913 Grand Final side.

Cumberland joined the army in 1915 and was posted to Europe where he was wounded three times, but managed to return in 1920 to play nine games. The oldest player in VFL/AFL history, Cumberland made his debut before the turn of the century and ended his career - ironically against Melbourne - a month after his 43rd birthday.

Cumberland died after a long illness in July 1927.

His brother Cecil also played five games in 1899.

1898 30
1899 142
1900 187
1901 156

ECH Taylor's history of the club says he spent 1902 in Western Australia. While some sources claim he died in a motorbike accident and The Australasian and the Referee both suggest natural causes, but a 2015 article suggests his death was of natural causes probably influenced by the motorbike accident several months earlier.

St Kilda

Herald - 18/04/1902
Herald - 30/05/1902
Argus - 16/07/1927
Australasian - 23/07/1927
Referee - 27/07/1927
Age - 06/05/2015

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