Leo Maynes

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Born: 05-Jun-1911 (AFL Tables)
Died: Believed to be Deceased1
Height: 183cm (AFL Tables)


Brunswick (VFA) c1929-34
Fitzroy (VFL) 1935-1937 - 15 Games, 4 Goals
Essendon (VFL) 1937-1940 - 36 Games, 7 Goals
Watsonia Whites (1942 Inter-services)


  • Maynes won Essendon Second Eighteen Best and Fairest award in 1940 and 1941
  • Member of the Essendon Seconds1941 Premiership side .
  • VFL Ballroom dancing championship 1940.
(Source: http://dev.essendonfc.com.au/team/player-past.asp?id=639)

Comment by Daniel Maynes (Grandson)

  • He joined VFA team Brunsick as an 18 year old and was selected in the state team in his first year.
  • He was eagerly chased by many VFL clubs, but ended up playing for Fitzroy as Brunswick wouldn't allow him clearance to any other club.
  • Whilst at Fitzroy he was picked as one of the top contenders for the Stawell Gift, but due to an ankle injury in a practice match he could not participate.
  • He moved to Essendon in 1937 after Fitzroy cleared him because he had difficulties getting to training from his workplace in West Brunswick.
  • In 1940/41 he badly hurt his right ankle and missed the entire 1941 season. He ended up playing in the reserves premiership and as legend has it was taking kick-ins with his non-preferred left foot playing full-back.
  • He enlisted in the army soon after where he was stationed and only played ever played for the army team after that.
  • He was very close friends with his Essendon team mate Stan 'Snowy' Wilson who was later his Best Man
  • After returning from the war, at some point he was the organizer of the Essendon Past Players Association Half Time afternoon tea when Essendon Played at Windy Hill. (I think he was in charge of the association at some point)
  • He considered Haydn Bunton the greatest footballer he ever played with/against or spectated.
  • He had a few severe injuries during his career which limited the amount of games he played. (I think he broke his collar bone at one point)

Other Photos

Leo Maynes No:138- 1933 Wills League Footballers - Larger Size Source:Australian Football Cards
Leo Maynes No:138- 1933 Wills League Footballers - Larger Size Source:Australian Football Cards
Leo Maynes (Essendon) Norm Smith (Melbourne) - Photographer Unknown - Source: Daniel Maynes
Leo Maynes (Essendon) Norm Smith (Melbourne) - Photographer Unknown - Source: Daniel Maynes

AFL Tables - Leo Maynes


1. Born prior to 1924 and NOT on list entitled 'AFL Players born prior to 1924 who are or may still be living'

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