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Dick Lee

Dick Lee

1906-1922
13
Other Guernsey Nos.
10, 19

230CFC Games Played

707CFC Goals

Date of Birth
19 March 1889
Date of Death
11 September 1968
Recruited From
Rose of Northcote
Collingwood Debut
Round 7, 1906
Height:
175cm
Weight:
76kg

Biography

One of the first of football’s great forwards.

When he began a total of 30 goals was enough to win the League goalkicking, but he raised standards. The son of Collingwood trainer Wal Lee who had been involved in the founding of the club, Lee was a brisk and accurate forward from the time he made his debut. He was on standby to play at the age of 15, but the player he was to replace appeared at the last minute and he had to wait another year. He first attracted attention with his play for Rose of Northcote.

He was a wonderful ground player and a deadly kick for goal who had the ability to soar for marks. An amusement parlor at Eastern Market had a game in which participants had to kick at a target from impossible angles, but Lee did it so often that he was barred!

Lee headed the VFL goalkicking from 1907 to 1910, 1914, shared the lead in 1915 and won again in 1916, 1917, 1919 and 1921. His tally of 66 in 1915 was the highest in the first 25 years of League football.

Lee’s greatest asset was his courage in overcoming injuries and he had a running battle with a shin problem that started when one of his teammates accidentally kicked his right shin and tore it open in 1908. The dye from his socks entered the wound and for five years it re-opened almost every week. Finally it was cured by a doctor applying caustic soda to the flesh, but still gave Lee trouble in later life.

He also had problems with his knee, missing lengthy periods and even thinking, in 1912, that he would never play again.

When guernsey numbers were introduced in 1912 he said that he would probably get 13 because of all the bad luck he had experienced. Sure enough he did and made the guernsey famous, particularly in one celebrated picture of a high mark against Carlton. When he landed he broke the strap on his boot and had to kick for goal barefooted.

Lee’s tally of 11 goals in 1914 created a VFL record and he had the amazing record of appearing in four interstate carnivals, and played 17 times for Victoria across a span of 13 years from 1908 to 1922.

Lee had the knack of running with a full-back to the ball then suddenly darting sideways. He was also not averse to staging for frees.

In 1919 one reporter said he was being nursed by umpires and nobody was game to touch him.

He skippered Collingwood in 1920 and 1921 and played in the flag sides of 1910, 1917 and 1919 and in the runner-up team of 1911 when he was acting captain.

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Statistics

CFC Career Stats

Season played Games Goals Finals Win %
1906-1922 230 707 22 64%

CFC Season by Season Stats

Season GP GL B K H T D Guernsey No.
1906 12 35

1906 Season stats

Hide Season
RD VS Result GL B K H T D Guernsey No. Match Report
Round 7 Melbourne W 3 View match >
Round 8 Geelong W 3 View match >
Round 9 Sydney W 1 View match >
Round 10 Fitzroy L 2 View match >
Round 11 Carlton L 2 View match >
Round 12 St Kilda W 2 View match >
Round 13 Essendon W 3 View match >
Round 14 Melbourne W 7 View match >
Round 15 St Kilda W 4 0 View match >
Round 16 Fitzroy L View match >
Round 17 Melbourne W 4 View match >
Semi Final Carlton L 4 View match >
Legend
  • # Guernsey
  • GL Goals
  • B Behinds
  • K Kicks
  • H Handballs
  • D Disposals
  • M Marks
  • T Tackles
*Player goal statistics included VFA (Victorian Football Association) results.
1907 17 47

1907 Season stats

Hide Season
RD VS Result GL B K H T D Guernsey No. Match Report
Round 1 Fitzroy W 1 View match >
Round 2 St Kilda L View match >
Round 3 Sydney L 1 View match >
Round 4 Melbourne L 2 View match >
Round 5 Essendon W 3 View match >
Round 6 Carlton L 2 View match >
Round 8 Fitzroy W 5 View match >
Round 9 St Kilda W 1 View match >
Round 10 Sydney W 2 View match >
Round 11 Melbourne W 5 View match >
Round 12 Essendon W 4 View match >
Round 13 Carlton L 2 View match >
Round 14 Geelong W 7 View match >
Round 15 St Kilda L View match >
Round 16 Fitzroy L 7 View match >
Round 17 Geelong L 3 View match >
Semi Final Sydney L 2 View match >
Legend
  • # Guernsey
  • GL Goals
  • B Behinds
  • K Kicks
  • H Handballs
  • D Disposals
  • M Marks
  • T Tackles
*Player goal statistics included VFA (Victorian Football Association) results.
1908 17 54

1908 Season stats

Hide Season
RD VS Result GL B K H T D Guernsey No. Match Report
Round 1 Geelong L 3 View match >
Round 2 Fitzroy L 1 View match >
Round 3 University W 7 View match >
Round 4 Carlton L 4 View match >
Round 6 Richmond W 4 View match >
Round 7 St Kilda L 2 View match >
Round 8 Melbourne W 3 View match >
Round 10 Geelong W 5 View match >
Round 11 Fitzroy W 2 View match >
Round 12 University W 1 View match >
Round 13 Carlton L 3 0 View match >
Round 14 Essendon W 2 0 View match >
Round 15 Richmond L 3 0 View match >
Round 16 St Kilda W 4 0 View match >
Round 17 Melbourne W 1 0 View match >
Round 18 Sydney W 5 0 View match >
Semi Final Essendon L 4 0 View match >
Legend
  • # Guernsey
  • GL Goals
  • B Behinds
  • K Kicks
  • H Handballs
  • D Disposals
  • M Marks
  • T Tackles
*Player goal statistics included VFA (Victorian Football Association) results.
1909 19 58

1909 Season stats

Hide Season
RD VS Result GL B K H T D Guernsey No. Match Report
Round 1 Fitzroy L 2 View match >
Round 2 St Kilda W View match >
Round 3 Carlton L 2 View match >
Round 4 Richmond W 4 View match >
Round 5 Sydney L 2 View match >
Round 6 Essendon W 3 View match >
Round 7 University W 3 View match >
Round 8 Geelong W 6 View match >
Round 9 Melbourne D 3 View match >
Round 10 Fitzroy W 4 View match >
Round 11 St Kilda W 5 View match >
Round 12 Carlton W 2 View match >
Round 13 Richmond W 2 View match >
Round 14 Sydney W 6 View match >
Round 15 Essendon L 1 View match >
Round 16 University D 1 View match >
Round 17 Geelong W 4 View match >
Round 18 Melbourne W 5 View match >
Semi Final Sydney L 3 View match >
Legend
  • # Guernsey
  • GL Goals
  • B Behinds
  • K Kicks
  • H Handballs
  • D Disposals
  • M Marks
  • T Tackles
*Player goal statistics included VFA (Victorian Football Association) results.
1910 21 58

1910 Season stats

Hide Season
RD VS Result GL B K H T D Guernsey No. Match Report
Round 1 Carlton L 3 View match >
Round 2 Sydney W 3 View match >
Round 3 St Kilda W 6 View match >
Round 4 Essendon L 2 View match >
Round 5 Melbourne W 3 View match >
Round 6 Fitzroy W 3 View match >
Round 7 Richmond W 4 View match >
Round 8 University W View match >
Round 9 Geelong L 3 0 View match >
Round 10 Carlton L 1 View match >
Round 11 Sydney L 2 View match >
Round 12 St Kilda W 2 View match >
Round 13 Essendon W 2 View match >
Round 14 Melbourne W 2 View match >
Round 15 Fitzroy W 2 View match >
Round 16 Richmond W 3 View match >
Round 17 University W 2 View match >
Round 18 Geelong W 2 0 View match >
Semi Final Essendon W 6 View match >
Preliminary Final Sydney W 3 View match >
Grand Final Carlton W 4 View match >
Legend
  • # Guernsey
  • GL Goals
  • B Behinds
  • K Kicks
  • H Handballs
  • D Disposals
  • M Marks
  • T Tackles
*Player goal statistics included VFA (Victorian Football Association) results.
1911 13 25 10

1911 Season stats

Hide Season
RD VS Result GL B K H T D Guernsey No. Match Report
Round 1 Richmond W 3 10 View match >
Round 2 Fitzroy W 2 10 View match >
Round 6 Melbourne W 1 10 View match >
Round 7 University W 1 10 View match >
Round 8 Carlton L 1 10 View match >
Round 9 St Kilda W 3 10 View match >
Round 10 Richmond W 1 10 View match >
Round 11 Fitzroy L 2 10 View match >
Round 16 University W 3 10 View match >
Round 17 Carlton W 2 10 View match >
Round 18 St Kilda W 3 10 View match >
Semi Final Sydney W 2 10 View match >
Grand Final Essendon L 1 10 View match >
Legend
  • # Guernsey
  • GL Goals
  • B Behinds
  • K Kicks
  • H Handballs
  • D Disposals
  • M Marks
  • T Tackles
*Player goal statistics included VFA (Victorian Football Association) results.
1912 1 2 10

1912 Season stats

Hide Season
RD VS Result GL B K H T D Guernsey No. Match Report
Round 5 Richmond W 2 10 View match >
Legend
  • # Guernsey
  • GL Goals
  • B Behinds
  • K Kicks
  • H Handballs
  • D Disposals
  • M Marks
  • T Tackles
*Player goal statistics included VFA (Victorian Football Association) results.
1913 5 8 19

1913 Season stats

Hide Season
RD VS Result GL B K H T D Guernsey No. Match Report
Round 15 University W 3 19 View match >
Round 16 St Kilda L 1 19 View match >
Round 17 Fitzroy L 1 19 View match >
Round 18 Sydney L 2 19 View match >
Semi Final Fitzroy L 1 19 View match >
Legend
  • # Guernsey
  • GL Goals
  • B Behinds
  • K Kicks
  • H Handballs
  • D Disposals
  • M Marks
  • T Tackles
*Player goal statistics included VFA (Victorian Football Association) results.
1914 18 57 0 13

1914 Season stats

Hide Season
RD VS Result GL B K H T D Guernsey No. Match Report
Round 1 Carlton D 4 0 13 View match >
Round 2 Melbourne W 5 13 View match >
Round 3 Richmond W 5 13 View match >
Round 4 Fitzroy L 1 13 View match >
Round 5 University W 1 13 View match >
Round 6 St Kilda L 1 13 View match >
Round 7 Essendon W 3 13 View match >
Round 8 Sydney W 4 13 View match >
Round 9 Geelong L 3 13 View match >
Round 10 Carlton L 1 13 View match >
Round 11 Melbourne W 5 13 View match >
Round 12 Richmond L 3 13 View match >
Round 13 Fitzroy W 3 13 View match >
Round 14 University W 11 13 View match >
Round 15 St Kilda W 1 13 View match >
Round 16 Essendon W 3 13 View match >
Round 17 Sydney L 2 13 View match >
Round 18 Geelong L 1 13 View match >
Legend
  • # Guernsey
  • GL Goals
  • B Behinds
  • K Kicks
  • H Handballs
  • D Disposals
  • M Marks
  • T Tackles
*Player goal statistics included VFA (Victorian Football Association) results.
1915 17 66 13

1915 Season stats

Hide Season
RD VS Result GL B K H T D Guernsey No. Match Report
Round 1 Essendon W 1 13 View match >
Round 2 Richmond W 4 13 View match >
Round 3 St Kilda W 3 13 View match >
Round 4 Melbourne W 2 13 View match >
Round 5 Geelong W 4 13 View match >
Round 7 Carlton L 9 13 View match >
Round 8 Fitzroy W 3 13 View match >
Round 9 Sydney W 1 13 View match >
Round 10 Essendon W 5 13 View match >
Round 11 Richmond W 3 13 View match >
Round 12 St Kilda W 8 13 View match >
Round 13 Melbourne W 4 13 View match >
Round 14 Geelong W 7 13 View match >
Round 16 Carlton L 3 13 View match >
Round 18 Sydney W 4 13 View match >
Semi Final Fitzroy L 2 13 View match >
Grand Final Carlton L 3 13 View match >
Legend
  • # Guernsey
  • GL Goals
  • B Behinds
  • K Kicks
  • H Handballs
  • D Disposals
  • M Marks
  • T Tackles
*Player goal statistics included VFA (Victorian Football Association) results.
1916 12 48 13

1916 Season stats

Hide Season
RD VS Result GL B K H T D Guernsey No. Match Report
Round 1 Richmond W 6 13 View match >
Round 2 Carlton L 2 13 View match >
Round 3 Fitzroy D 3 13 View match >
Round 4 Richmond W 4 13 View match >
Round 5 Carlton W 4 13 View match >
Round 6 Fitzroy W 5 13 View match >
Round 7 Richmond L 5 13 View match >
Round 8 Carlton L 3 13 View match >
Round 10 Richmond L 5 13 View match >
Round 11 Carlton L 6 13 View match >
Round 12 Fitzroy W 3 13 View match >
Semi Final Fitzroy L 2 13 View match >
Legend
  • # Guernsey
  • GL Goals
  • B Behinds
  • K Kicks
  • H Handballs
  • D Disposals
  • M Marks
  • T Tackles
*Player goal statistics included VFA (Victorian Football Association) results.
1917 15 54 13

1917 Season stats

Hide Season
RD VS Result GL B K H T D Guernsey No. Match Report
Round 1 Richmond W 4 13 View match >
Round 2 Carlton L 3 13 View match >
Round 3 Fitzroy W 4 13 View match >
Round 4 Sydney W 3 13 View match >
Round 5 Geelong W 4 13 View match >
Round 6 Richmond D 3 13 View match >
Round 7 Carlton W 4 13 View match >
Round 8 Fitzroy W 4 13 View match >
Round 9 Sydney L 3 13 View match >
Round 10 Geelong W 4 13 View match >
Round 11 Richmond W 6 13 View match >
Round 12 Carlton L 1 13 View match >
Round 13 Fitzroy W 5 13 View match >
Round 14 Sydney W 2 13 View match >
Grand Final Fitzroy W 4 13 View match >
Legend
  • # Guernsey
  • GL Goals
  • B Behinds
  • K Kicks
  • H Handballs
  • D Disposals
  • M Marks
  • T Tackles
*Player goal statistics included VFA (Victorian Football Association) results.
1918 7 17 13

1918 Season stats

Hide Season
RD VS Result GL B K H T D Guernsey No. Match Report
Round 1 Carlton W 2 13 View match >
Round 4 Richmond W 4 13 View match >
Round 9 Geelong W 5 13 View match >
Round 10 Sydney L 13 View match >
Round 13 Fitzroy W 1 13 View match >
Semi Final St Kilda W 2 13 View match >
Grand Final Sydney L 3 13 View match >
Legend
  • # Guernsey
  • GL Goals
  • B Behinds
  • K Kicks
  • H Handballs
  • D Disposals
  • M Marks
  • T Tackles
*Player goal statistics included VFA (Victorian Football Association) results.
1919 15 56 13

1919 Season stats

Hide Season
RD VS Result GL B K H T D Guernsey No. Match Report
Round 6 Melbourne W 2 13 View match >
Round 7 Carlton L 3 13 View match >
Round 8 Essendon W 4 13 View match >
Round 9 Fitzroy L 2 13 View match >
Round 10 Sydney W 4 13 View match >
Round 11 St Kilda W 6 13 View match >
Round 12 Geelong W 1 13 View match >
Round 13 Richmond W 7 13 View match >
Round 15 Melbourne W 7 13 View match >
Round 16 Carlton W 6 13 View match >
Round 17 Essendon W 3 13 View match >
Round 18 Fitzroy W 2 13 View match >
Semi Final Carlton W 4 13 View match >
Preliminary Final Richmond L 2 13 View match >
Grand Final Richmond W 3 13 View match >
Legend
  • # Guernsey
  • GL Goals
  • B Behinds
  • K Kicks
  • H Handballs
  • D Disposals
  • M Marks
  • T Tackles
*Player goal statistics included VFA (Victorian Football Association) results.
1920 10 20 13

1920 Season stats

Hide Season
RD VS Result GL B K H T D Guernsey No. Match Report
Round 1 Essendon L 3 13 View match >
Round 2 Geelong W 2 13 View match >
Round 3 Melbourne W 2 13 View match >
Round 4 Fitzroy L 13 View match >
Round 5 Richmond L 3 13 View match >
Round 6 St Kilda W 1 13 View match >
Round 8 Carlton W 3 13 View match >
Round 9 Sydney W 3 13 View match >
Round 18 Sydney W 2 13 View match >
Semi Final Fitzroy W 1 13 View match >
Legend
  • # Guernsey
  • GL Goals
  • B Behinds
  • K Kicks
  • H Handballs
  • D Disposals
  • M Marks
  • T Tackles
*Player goal statistics included VFA (Victorian Football Association) results.
1921 17 64 13

1921 Season stats

Hide Season
RD VS Result GL B K H T D Guernsey No. Match Report
Round 1 Fitzroy W 2 13 View match >
Round 2 Melbourne W 7 13 View match >
Round 3 Geelong W 3 13 View match >
Round 4 Essendon W 4 13 View match >
Round 5 Richmond L 3 13 View match >
Round 6 Sydney W 2 13 View match >
Round 7 St Kilda W 6 13 View match >
Round 9 Carlton L 4 13 View match >
Round 10 Fitzroy L 4 13 View match >
Round 11 Melbourne L 1 13 View match >
Round 12 Geelong L 2 13 View match >
Round 13 Essendon W 8 13 View match >
Round 14 Richmond L 3 13 View match >
Round 15 Sydney W 4 13 View match >
Round 16 St Kilda W 3 13 View match >
Round 18 Carlton L 4 13 View match >
Semi Final Carlton L 4 13 View match >
Legend
  • # Guernsey
  • GL Goals
  • B Behinds
  • K Kicks
  • H Handballs
  • D Disposals
  • M Marks
  • T Tackles
*Player goal statistics included VFA (Victorian Football Association) results.
1922 14 38 13

1922 Season stats

Hide Season
RD VS Result GL B K H T D Guernsey No. Match Report
Round 3 Carlton W 3 13 View match >
Round 5 St Kilda W 1 13 View match >
Round 6 Geelong W 6 13 View match >
Round 7 Fitzroy W 4 13 View match >
Round 8 Melbourne L 2 13 View match >
Round 9 Essendon W 2 13 View match >
Round 10 Richmond W 2 13 View match >
Round 11 Sydney W 2 13 View match >
Round 12 Carlton L 4 13 View match >
Round 14 St Kilda W 2 13 View match >
Round 15 Geelong W 3 13 View match >
Round 16 Fitzroy W 4 13 View match >
Round 17 Melbourne W 1 13 View match >
Grand Final Fitzroy L 2 13 View match >
Legend
  • # Guernsey
  • GL Goals
  • B Behinds
  • K Kicks
  • H Handballs
  • D Disposals
  • M Marks
  • T Tackles
*Player goal statistics included VFA (Victorian Football Association) results.
Totals 230 707 0
Avg/Game   3.07 0.00
Legend
  • GP Games Played
  • GL Goals
  • B Behinds
  • K Kicks
  • H Handballs
  • T Tackles
  • D Disposals

Key Facts

CFC Debut Number

118

Total AFL Games
230
Total AFL Goals
707
CFC Debut
Round 7, 1906
CFC Last Game
Grand Final, 1922
Recruited From
Rose of Northcote
Full Name
Dick Lee

Awards

  • AFL Hall of Fame
    1996
  • x8
    VFL/AFL Leading Goalkicker
    1907, 1908, 1909, 1910, 1914, 1916, 1917, 1919
  • x2
    Champion of the Colony
    1910, 1915
  • Life Members
    1918
  • x11
    Leading Goalkicker (Gordon Coventry Trophy)
    1906, 1907, 1908, 1909, 1910, 1914, 1915, 1916, 1917, 1919, 1921
  • CFC Hall of Fame
    2004
  • CFC Team of the Century
  • x2
    Team Captain
    1920, 1921
  • x3
    Premiership
    1910, 1917, 1919
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