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“A Tribute To Jack – Captain Blood”
been some great footballers to play the game such as Dick Reynolds, John
Coleman, Royce Hart, and also some of the more recent retirees, Tony Lockett,
Brendan Gale and Matthew Knights; but there was no better and well known
footballer than ‘Jack Dyer’.
Dyer was born on the 13th November, 1913 in the South-Eastern
Melbourne suburb of Oakleigh. Little
did we know that on that day a ‘Star’ was born.
As a baby, Jack moved to inner suburban Richmond where he came to love
the town and the football club. Jack
was noticed as being a talented and tough footballer playing for the Richmond
Hill Football Club in the Metropolitan Junior League.
Due to his football ability, he won scholarships to St. Ignatious College
in Richmond and then De La Salle College in Malvern.
Jack made his
senior debut with Richmond in round two, May 9th, 1931 against North
Melbourne. On that same day,
Richmond full-forward Doug Strang kicked a club record of fourteen goals.
After debuting and showing off his silky skills and the way he attacked
the football, he was always an automatic inclusion for the yellow and black.
In just his
second year of his Victorian Football League (VFL) career, he had a stellar
season and was awarded Richmond’s Best and Fairest of 1932.
Richmond also had a terrific season taking out the premiership.
Unfortunately, Jack missed Richmond’s 1932 premiership success over
arch rival Carlton due to a serious knee injury.
Not only a
Richmond icon, Jack was also a well respected policeman.
During the time of the depression and later on during World War II, he
lifted spirits and gave society something to cheer, smile and talk about both on
and off the football field.
taste of premiership success was in 1934 when the mighty tigers ran over the top
of South Melbourne to secure their second premiership in three years.
A few years
later, in 1937, Jack really started to shine.
He was the tigers Best and Fairest four times running in 1937, 1938, 1939
He was then
announced Captain-Coach in 1941, which he saw as “his greatest honour”.
The year 1943
saw Jack Dyer as a premiership Captain-Coach after an astounding Grand Final
victory over arch-rivals Essendon.
In 1946 he was
awarded his sixth and last Richmond Best and Fairest and was also Richmond’s
leading goal kicker in 1947 and 1948 before he announced his retirement as
player and captain at the end of the 1949 season.
A fairy-tale finish to Jack’s career, (which he very well deserved) saw
Jack Dyer slot through a goal with his final kick in league football.
At the end of
the 1952 season he also resigned as Richmond coach, which brought an end of an
era for the Richmond Football Club.
his sensational career he played 312 games, kicked 443 goals and represented
Victoria on fourteen different occasions. He
was reported five times, but suspended just once, receiving a four week penalty.
Due to his
courage, strength and leadership, he was known as “Captain Blood”.
He was dubbed
“the greatest player in the history of Richmond, he was and still is the icon
of the club, the force behind the club and the spirit of Richmond”.
footballing career he made a name as a humorous commentator and was noted for
his unique expressions and misplaced use of words.
Jack was also a regular panel member on channel 7’s World Of Sport
along with Bob Davis and Lou Richards, another two great footballers of their
kept coming for Jack. He was awarded as an Inaugural Legend of the AFL Hall of
Fame and also was named as the Captain of Richmond’s Team of the Century.
six Richmond Best and Fairest awards, the award was named after the great man,
now called the ‘Jack Dyer’ medal.
On August 11th
2003, John Raymond Dyer passed away in the Box Hill Hospital after developing a
bad case of Pneumonia, aged 89 years old. Jack
will be “remembered forever” as a man who bought greatness to both the
Richmond Football Club and the game in general.
at a time where players played for the love of the game, and the game loved Jack
Dyer”. John Raymond
Dyer……”Simply the Best”
to PRE member Bunnerz85 for writing this article in memory of Jack on the second
anniversary of his sad passing away.