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Jock McHale

Jock McHale

1903-1918, 1920
17
Other Guernsey Nos.
13, 16, 19, 20

261CFC Games Played

18CFC Goals

Date of Birth
12 December 1882
Date of Death
4 October 1953
Recruited From
Coburg
Collingwood Debut
Round 1, 1903
Height:
180cm
Weight:
78kg

Biography

Born in Botany Bay, NSW, McHale moved to Victoria at the age of five and played football with Christian Brothers College, East Melbourne, then Coburg Juniors.

At his first try he was rejected by Collingwood, but then impressed in a pre-season match against star centreman Fred Leech. He became one of the most durable players of all time, stringing together 191 games in a row between 1906 and 1917. At first he was a half back, but then moved into the centre and really built his reputation.

Even early in his career he had the uncanny knack of being able to read the game and gauge his opponents. He played in Collingwood’s flag side of 1910 and was in the runner-up sides of 1905, 1911, and 1915.

He captained the side in 1912-13 and part of 1917 when the team won the flag. He was not, as legend would have it, Collingwood’s first coach. In 1912-13 he acted as captain-coach, from 1914-17 as playing coach and from 1918-49 as non-playing coach.

McHale did not concentrate on individual skills coaching – he left that to his assistants, but he could inspire the team with his speeches. A tough disciplinarian, he believed in players keeping their places and sticking to a game plan.

A key part of the McHale way was the Thursday night training session which involved full-scale match practice which he would umpire. It was a skill game. He had his eyes on particular players, and he would watch everything. The uncanny ability to assess footballers was apparently an intuitive feature of McHale’s makeup even in his playing days.

He did not like the star system and even insisted on getting the same money as his players. Under his coaching Collingwood won eight flags.

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Statistics

CFC Career Stats

Season played Games Goals Finals Win %
1903-1918, 1920 261 18 19 63%

CFC Season by Season Stats

Season GP GL B K H T D Guernsey No.
1903 14 13

1903 Season stats

Hide Season
RD VS Result GL B K H T D Guernsey No. Match Report
Round 1 Carlton L View match >
Round 2 Sydney W View match >
Round 3 St Kilda W View match >
Round 4 Fitzroy L 13 View match >
Round 6 Geelong W View match >
Round 7 Essendon W View match >
Round 8 Carlton W View match >
Round 12 Melbourne W View match >
Round 13 Geelong W View match >
Round 14 Essendon W View match >
Round 15 St Kilda W View match >
Round 16 Carlton W View match >
Round 17 Melbourne W View match >
Semi Final Carlton W 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.
1904 18 1

1904 Season stats

Hide Season
RD VS Result GL B K H T D Guernsey No. Match Report
Round 1 Geelong W 0 View match >
Round 2 Melbourne W 0 View match >
Round 3 Sydney L 0 View match >
Round 4 Fitzroy W 0 View match >
Round 5 Carlton L 0 View match >
Round 6 Essendon W 0 View match >
Round 7 St Kilda L 0 View match >
Round 8 Geelong W 0 View match >
Round 9 Melbourne L 0 View match >
Round 10 Sydney L 0 View match >
Round 11 Fitzroy W 0 View match >
Round 12 Carlton L 0 View match >
Round 13 Essendon L View match >
Round 14 St Kilda W View match >
Round 15 Carlton W View match >
Round 16 St Kilda W 1 View match >
Round 17 Melbourne W View match >
Semi Final Fitzroy L 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.
1905 19

1905 Season stats

Hide Season
RD VS Result GL B K H T D Guernsey No. Match Report
Round 1 Fitzroy L View match >
Round 2 Carlton W View match >
Round 3 St Kilda W View match >
Round 4 Melbourne W View match >
Round 5 Sydney W View match >
Round 6 Geelong W View match >
Round 7 Essendon W View match >
Round 8 Fitzroy W View match >
Round 9 Carlton W View match >
Round 10 St Kilda W View match >
Round 11 Melbourne W 0 View match >
Round 12 Sydney W View match >
Round 13 Geelong W View match >
Round 14 Essendon L View match >
Round 15 Carlton W View match >
Round 16 Melbourne W View match >
Round 17 Sydney W 0 View match >
Semi Final Carlton L View match >
Grand Final Fitzroy L 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.
1906 16 2

1906 Season stats

Hide Season
RD VS Result GL B K H T D Guernsey No. Match Report
Round 1 Geelong W 1 View match >
Round 2 Sydney L View match >
Round 3 Fitzroy W View match >
Round 4 Carlton L View match >
Round 5 St Kilda W View match >
Round 6 Essendon L View match >
Round 7 Melbourne W View match >
Round 8 Geelong W View match >
Round 9 Sydney W View match >
Round 10 Fitzroy L View match >
Round 13 Essendon W View match >
Round 14 Melbourne W View match >
Round 15 St Kilda W 1 0 View match >
Round 16 Fitzroy L View match >
Round 17 Melbourne W View match >
Semi Final Carlton L 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 18

1907 Season stats

Hide Season
RD VS Result GL B K H T D Guernsey No. Match Report
Round 1 Fitzroy W View match >
Round 2 St Kilda L View match >
Round 3 Sydney L View match >
Round 4 Melbourne L View match >
Round 5 Essendon W View match >
Round 6 Carlton L View match >
Round 7 Geelong W View match >
Round 8 Fitzroy W View match >
Round 9 St Kilda W View match >
Round 10 Sydney W View match >
Round 11 Melbourne W View match >
Round 12 Essendon W View match >
Round 13 Carlton L View match >
Round 14 Geelong W View match >
Round 15 St Kilda L View match >
Round 16 Fitzroy L View match >
Round 17 Geelong L View match >
Semi Final Sydney L 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 19

1908 Season stats

Hide Season
RD VS Result GL B K H T D Guernsey No. Match Report
Round 1 Geelong L View match >
Round 2 Fitzroy L View match >
Round 3 University W View match >
Round 4 Carlton L View match >
Round 5 Essendon L View match >
Round 6 Richmond W View match >
Round 7 St Kilda L View match >
Round 8 Melbourne W View match >
Round 9 Sydney L View match >
Round 10 Geelong W View match >
Round 11 Fitzroy W View match >
Round 12 University W View match >
Round 13 Carlton L 0 View match >
Round 14 Essendon W 0 View match >
Round 15 Richmond L 0 View match >
Round 16 St Kilda W 0 View match >
Round 17 Melbourne W 0 View match >
Round 18 Sydney W 0 View match >
Semi Final Essendon L 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 1

1909 Season stats

Hide Season
RD VS Result GL B K H T D Guernsey No. Match Report
Round 1 Fitzroy L View match >
Round 2 St Kilda W View match >
Round 3 Carlton L View match >
Round 4 Richmond W View match >
Round 5 Sydney L View match >
Round 6 Essendon W View match >
Round 7 University W View match >
Round 8 Geelong W View match >
Round 9 Melbourne D View match >
Round 10 Fitzroy W View match >
Round 11 St Kilda W View match >
Round 12 Carlton W View match >
Round 13 Richmond W View match >
Round 14 Sydney W View match >
Round 15 Essendon L View match >
Round 16 University D 1 View match >
Round 17 Geelong W View match >
Round 18 Melbourne W View match >
Semi Final Sydney L 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 3

1910 Season stats

Hide Season
RD VS Result GL B K H T D Guernsey No. Match Report
Round 1 Carlton L 1 View match >
Round 2 Sydney W View match >
Round 3 St Kilda W View match >
Round 4 Essendon L View match >
Round 5 Melbourne W View match >
Round 6 Fitzroy W 1 View match >
Round 7 Richmond W View match >
Round 8 University W View match >
Round 9 Geelong L 0 View match >
Round 10 Carlton L View match >
Round 11 Sydney L View match >
Round 12 St Kilda W View match >
Round 13 Essendon W View match >
Round 14 Melbourne W View match >
Round 15 Fitzroy W View match >
Round 16 Richmond W View match >
Round 17 University W View match >
Round 18 Geelong W 0 View match >
Semi Final Essendon W 1 View match >
Preliminary Final Sydney W View match >
Grand Final Carlton W 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 20 1 13

1911 Season stats

Hide Season
RD VS Result GL B K H T D Guernsey No. Match Report
Round 1 Richmond W 1 13 View match >
Round 2 Fitzroy W 13 View match >
Round 3 Geelong L 13 View match >
Round 4 Essendon L 13 View match >
Round 5 Sydney W 13 View match >
Round 6 Melbourne W 13 View match >
Round 7 University W 13 View match >
Round 8 Carlton L 13 View match >
Round 9 St Kilda W 13 View match >
Round 10 Richmond W 13 View match >
Round 11 Fitzroy L 13 View match >
Round 12 Geelong W 13 View match >
Round 13 Essendon L 13 View match >
Round 14 Sydney L 13 View match >
Round 15 Melbourne W 13 View match >
Round 16 University W 13 View match >
Round 17 Carlton W 13 View match >
Round 18 St Kilda W 13 View match >
Semi Final Sydney W 13 View match >
Grand Final Essendon L 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.
1912 18 16

1912 Season stats

Hide Season
RD VS Result GL B K H T D Guernsey No. Match Report
Round 1 Melbourne L 16 View match >
Round 2 Essendon L 16 View match >
Round 3 St Kilda L 16 View match >
Round 4 Carlton W 16 View match >
Round 5 Richmond W 16 View match >
Round 6 Geelong L 16 View match >
Round 7 University W 16 View match >
Round 8 Fitzroy W 16 View match >
Round 9 Sydney L 16 View match >
Round 10 Melbourne W 16 View match >
Round 11 Essendon L 16 View match >
Round 12 St Kilda W 16 View match >
Round 13 Carlton L 16 View match >
Round 14 Richmond W 16 View match >
Round 15 Geelong W 16 View match >
Round 16 University W 16 View match >
Round 17 Fitzroy L 16 View match >
Round 18 Sydney L 16 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 19 1 20

1913 Season stats

Hide Season
RD VS Result GL B K H T D Guernsey No. Match Report
Round 1 Melbourne W 20 View match >
Round 2 Geelong W 20 View match >
Round 3 Essendon W 20 View match >
Round 4 Carlton W 20 View match >
Round 5 Richmond W 20 View match >
Round 6 University W 20 View match >
Round 7 St Kilda W 20 View match >
Round 8 Fitzroy L 20 View match >
Round 9 Sydney L 20 View match >
Round 10 Melbourne W 20 View match >
Round 11 Geelong W 1 20 View match >
Round 12 Essendon W 20 View match >
Round 13 Carlton W 20 View match >
Round 14 Richmond W 20 View match >
Round 15 University W 20 View match >
Round 16 St Kilda L 20 View match >
Round 17 Fitzroy L 20 View match >
Round 18 Sydney L 20 View match >
Semi Final Fitzroy L 20 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 2 0 19

1914 Season stats

Hide Season
RD VS Result GL B K H T D Guernsey No. Match Report
Round 1 Carlton D 0 0 19 View match >
Round 2 Melbourne W 19 View match >
Round 3 Richmond W 1 19 View match >
Round 4 Fitzroy L 19 View match >
Round 5 University W 19 View match >
Round 6 St Kilda L 1 19 View match >
Round 7 Essendon W 19 View match >
Round 8 Sydney W 19 View match >
Round 9 Geelong L 19 View match >
Round 10 Carlton L 19 View match >
Round 11 Melbourne W 19 View match >
Round 12 Richmond L 19 View match >
Round 13 Fitzroy W 19 View match >
Round 14 University W 19 View match >
Round 15 St Kilda W 19 View match >
Round 16 Essendon W 19 View match >
Round 17 Sydney L 19 View match >
Round 18 Geelong L 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.
1915 18 17

1915 Season stats

Hide Season
RD VS Result GL B K H T D Guernsey No. Match Report
Round 1 Essendon W 17 View match >
Round 2 Richmond W 17 View match >
Round 3 St Kilda W 17 View match >
Round 4 Melbourne W 17 View match >
Round 5 Geelong W 17 View match >
Round 7 Carlton L 17 View match >
Round 8 Fitzroy W 17 View match >
Round 9 Sydney W 17 View match >
Round 10 Essendon W 17 View match >
Round 11 Richmond W 17 View match >
Round 12 St Kilda W 17 View match >
Round 13 Melbourne W 17 View match >
Round 14 Geelong W 17 View match >
Round 16 Carlton L 17 View match >
Round 17 Fitzroy W 17 View match >
Round 18 Sydney W 17 View match >
Semi Final Fitzroy L 17 View match >
Grand Final Carlton L 17 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 13 4 17

1916 Season stats

Hide Season
RD VS Result GL B K H T D Guernsey No. Match Report
Round 1 Richmond W 17 View match >
Round 2 Carlton L 3 17 View match >
Round 3 Fitzroy D 17 View match >
Round 4 Richmond W 1 17 View match >
Round 5 Carlton W 17 View match >
Round 6 Fitzroy W 17 View match >
Round 7 Richmond L 17 View match >
Round 8 Carlton L 17 View match >
Round 9 Fitzroy W 17 View match >
Round 10 Richmond L 17 View match >
Round 11 Carlton L 17 View match >
Round 12 Fitzroy W 17 View match >
Semi Final Fitzroy L 17 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 9 2 17

1917 Season stats

Hide Season
RD VS Result GL B K H T D Guernsey No. Match Report
Round 1 Richmond W 17 View match >
Round 2 Carlton L 17 View match >
Round 5 Geelong W 1 17 View match >
Round 6 Richmond D 17 View match >
Round 13 Fitzroy W 17 View match >
Round 14 Sydney W 17 View match >
Round 15 Geelong L 1 17 View match >
Semi Final Sydney W 17 View match >
Grand Final Fitzroy W 17 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 1 1 16

1918 Season stats

Hide Season
RD VS Result GL B K H T D Guernsey No. Match Report
Round 7 Essendon W 1 16 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 1

1920 Season stats

Hide Season
RD VS Result GL B K H T D Guernsey No. Match Report
Round 1 Essendon L 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 261 18 0
Avg/Game   0.07 0.00
Legend
  • GP Games Played
  • GL Goals
  • B Behinds
  • K Kicks
  • H Handballs
  • T Tackles
  • D Disposals

Key Facts

CFC Debut Number

84

Total AFL Games
261
Total AFL Goals
18
CFC Debut
Round 1, 1903
CFC Last Game
Round 1, 1920
Recruited From
Coburg
Full Name
Jock McHale

Awards

  • AFL Hall of Fame
    1996
  • Life Members
    1913
  • CFC Hall of Fame
    2004
  • CFC Team of the Century
  • x2
    Team Captain
    1912, 1913
  • Premiership
    1910
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