Reference_ 1949 VFL R19 Richmond v Geelong - Jack Dyers Last Game



Argus 29-Aug-1949 p13
Argus 29-Aug-1949 p13

Jack Dyer ended his career on 312 League games, he also played many more representing Victoria in interstate games. That excludes game he played for Police teams and other charity games, especially through WW2.

Jack Dyer

Jack Dyer’s first game was as a reserve in a run-away victory in R2 1931 against North Melbourne and in the 19 years playing senior football firstly as a ruckman and then as a forward with the Tigers he had played tough football in many memorable games, including seven Grand Finals and created a legend. He was
  • Richmond Best & Fairest 1932, 1937–1941, 1946
  • Richmond leading goal kicker 1947, 1948
  • Richmond captain 1941–1949
  • Victorian captain 1941, 1949

Dyer had also been Richmond Coach since 1941 and retained the coaching role until 1952.
More recently Dyer was made a ‘Legend’ in the Australian Football Hall of Fame, and was elected into the AFL Team of the Century.

Dyer’s final game, his 312th, was a record at the time for the number of games played, passing Collingwood’s Gordon Coventry’s record 306 games (1920-37) in his final year. Essendon Dick Reynolds 320 games (1933-51) was the next record holder, then Ted Whitten in 1951-70 with 321. At the time of writing there are now 38 players with longer careers but Dyer is still in the top 10 if only counting the number of games one, showing not only his longevity, but also the more difficult proposition, to hold his place in a successful side.


In his final season Dyer played all games up to round 11, pushing himself to pass Gordon Coventry’s record 306 games which he did in Round 10.
Dyer J - 1949 Rd #10 equalling Coventry's record 306 games
Dyer J - 1949 Rd #10 equalling Coventry's record 306 games

The West Australian 3-Aug-1949 p18
The West Australian 3-Aug-1949 p18
Immediately after passing the record, Dyer went out injured. He played round 14 against North Melbourne, but the following week he was again out injured. Then in early August Dyer announced his retirement and the Argus 5-Aug-1949 p14 recorded that ‘Jack Dyer decided to rest his injured leg for another week.’

After missing Rounds 15, 16 and 17 and announcing his retirement, Dyer came back for the final two games of the 1949 season.

The first an eleven point victory over Fitzroy at Brunswick Street. Before the game the Argus 19-Aug-1949 p14 reported that Jack Dyer trained well and felt well, but, even if he had not been 100% fit, it might have been necessary for him to play, as there were 10 seniors out of action.

Argus 5-Aug-1949 p14
Argus 5-Aug-1949 p14

Then for one final home game, Round 19 against Geelong Dyer would line up at Full Forward. Leading into this final game neither team could make the finals, but both teams (Geelong 6th and Richmond 7th) were on 36 points and the final game would determine the final ladder position for the year.

This last round for 1949 would also be the final game for Leo Merrett and Wally Russell. Merrett, at 29 years of age and after 170 games for the Tigers stretching back to 1940, had been a consistent performer for the team. He had been a best and fairest winner and interstate player. Wally Russell had played 33 senior games for Richmond from 1942-48, and many more in the seconds, and had then moved to Geelong in mid 1948 where he had more opportunities and played another 25 games.


Jack Dyer, Leo Merrett and Bill Wilson were the hundred gamers for Richmond between them they had played 584 games, nearly matching the 628 combined games of the 20 Geelong players. No Geelong player had played 100 games and Percy Hunt was Geelong’s most experienced player with 92 games.


B:Bill WilsonKen SierBob Wiggins
HB:Des RoweDon FraserKen Roberts
C:Geoff SpringKevin DillonLeo Merrett
HF:Ray StokesRay PoulterHavel Rowe
F:Max CurrieJack DyerKen Albiston
Foll:Bill MorrisAllan Cooke
Rover:Stan Wilson
19th 20thJack WatsonLeo Clarke


B:Percy HuntBruce MorrisonNorm Scott
HB:Bill Pritchard(Morrow)Bernie Smith
C:Ron WarrenLeo TurnerSyd Tate
HF:Wally RussellFred FlanaganJack McGrath
F:Warren CanningRussell RenfreyTerry Fulton
Foll:Jim TuckwellJack Condon
Rover:Doug Davies
19th 20thArthur IrvineIan Toyne

Morrow was selected in the Friday team list but Charlie King is listed at AFL tables as having played instead.

Reference_ 1949 VFL R19 Richmond v Geelong - Jack Dyers Last Game - Richmond Team
Reference_ 1949 VFL R19 Richmond v Geelong - Jack Dyers Last Game - Geelong Team

The Game

Punt Rd Oval, East Melbourne
Sat, 27-Aug-1949
Crowd: 11,000

Richmond4.4 (28)12.8 (80)14.9 (93)22.12 (144)
Geelong3.4 (22)3.5 (23)7.12 (54)10.15 (75)
DifferenceRI by 6RI by 57RI by 39RI by 69


Richmond: Dyer 6, Morris 4, Albiston 3, Poulter 3, Wilson 2, Stokes 2, Rowe, Merrett
Geelong: Davies 2, Canning 2, Condon, Renfrey, Flanagan, Scott, Fulton

Jack Dyer Leading the Team out for the Last Time - Source Captain Blood - Jack Dyer
Jack Dyer Leading the Team out for the Last Time - Source Captain Blood - Jack Dyer

The Argus reviewed the match on the Monday after the game as follows

Weight Won for Richmond
Argus 29-Aug-1949 p13

Ability to use it’s heavier men to better advantage game gave Richmond a convincing win over Geelong. From the outset the game was fast and furious, with the superb high marking and driving power of Dyer, Poulter, and Fraser giving Richmond the edge over the lighter Geelong.

Geelong kept hitting back spasmodically, but found no counter to the vigour of Richmond’s big men. Richmond’s only lean time was in the third quarter when it appeared to be ‘taking a breather.’ But it’s eight goals in each of the second and the last quarters against one point and three goals respectively by Geelong proved too formidable.

Geelong found it difficult to get into its stride, and frequent drives were smothered by Fraser and Sier before they could reach scoring range.

Richmond were always on top in the ruck, but any loose passes were smartly snapped up by Davis and Fulton of Geelong.

With Richmond leading by 39 points at the last change, both sides clapped on the pace, and raggedness rather than system became the general order.

Geelong kept nibbling away but its fighting spirit brought few results, and Richmond quickly put the issue beyond doubt.

At the end of the game Richmond and Geelong players chaired Dyer off the field amid cheers and congratulations.

Dyer J - 1949 Rd 19  Source:James Taylor
Dyer J - 1949 Rd 19 Source:James Taylor

Presentations and Collections
(Newpaper text by ‘One Eyed’ at http://oneeyed-richmond.com)

MORE than 2000 buttons were sold at Richmond on Saturday for the Jack Dyer testimonial fund, which now stands at £300..... Today 800 letters will go out inviting football clubs and or­ganisations all over Australia to contribute. (The Sun 29-Aug-1949)

On Saturday Dyer was presented with a canteen cutlery from a member of the Richmond Cricket Club committee, who wants to remain anonymous. He also received two fountain pens. One was from a group of women admirers led by Mrs. Gregory and the other from Mr. Carl Bamford. (The Sun 29-Aug-1949).

Dyer is said to have commented that it was nice to have the knives up front where he could see them. (Tigerland)

Match Previews

No heading. (1949, August 26). The Argus (Melbourne, Vic. : 1848 - 1957), p. 18. Retrieved May 23, 2013, from http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-page1723191

Match Reviews

WEIGHT WON FOR RICHMOND. (1949, August 29). The Argus (Melbourne, Vic. : 1848 - 1957), p. 13. Retrieved May 24, 2013, from http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article22774792


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