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Albert Lauder

Albert Lauder

1926-1931
18
Other Guernsey Nos.
13, 14, 16, 29

36 CFC Games Played

0 CFC Goals

Date of Birth
11 October 1898
Date of Death
4 September 1971
Recruited From
Public Service
Collingwood Debut
Round 5, 1926
Height:
178cm
Weight:
79kg

Biography

Coaches often like to remind their charges that persistence pays. And rarely can that adage have proved truer than in the case of Bert Lauder.

Having been knocked back by three clubs before joining Collingwood, Lauder was 27 when he made his VFL debut. Two years later he’d managed only two further games. But when star running defender Ernie Wilson was injured during the 1928 season, then retired soon after, Lauder was ready to take his chance – and three Premiership medals were his reward.


Albert Victor Lauder was born in 1898, but spent most of his adult life known universally as ‘Harry’ after a popular Scottish singer/comedian of the time. He came from Maryborough, but didn’t play football until he moved to Melbourne. He worked in the public service as an inspector of fisheries and game, and it was with the public service team that played in the sub-districts league that he first came under notice. He trained with Hawthorn, Richmond and Carlton to no avail, before joining Collingwood after playing in a Premiership with the public service team in 1925.

At Collingwood he found opportunities limited, playing just one game in 1926 and one more in 1927. But when Wilson did his knee in 1928, Lauder was ready. He was a similar player to Wilson, both in build and style of play – tough, hard-running and straight at the ball. Around 188cm in height, he was strongly built, with massive hands and big shoulders and chest. It was this strength, combined with his dash and determination, that made his charges from the back pocket or half-back so effective. He was a strong kick and a player who always gave whole-hearted effort.

Lauder still played only three games in 1928, but one of them was the Grand Final win over Richmond. In 1929, with Wilson gone, he cemented his spot with 15 games – and another Premiership. (Incredibly, the shock semi-final defeat by Richmond that year was the first defeat he’d tasted at Collingwood, after 18 games.) ‘Harry’ backed up again with another key role in the 1930 flag – giving him three Premiership medals from just 30-odd games, and already at the ripe old footballing age of 32. He played three of the first four games in 1931 but retired soon after and spent the rest of the year with the seconds. A strained knee in the semi-final against Melbourne signalled the end of his career.

Lauder was of Scottish descent himself and enjoyed the link that his nickname provided. He was also an expert bagpipes player and for many years was secretary of the Melbourne Pipe Band. All of which contributed to this supporters’ ditty about him in 1930:

When supporters are ceasing to boast
Of victories not made to order,
The thing the Magpies like the most
Is a jig by their own Harry Lauder.

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Statistics

CFC Career Stats

Season played Games Goals Finals Win %
1926-1931 36 0 7 88%

CFC Season by Season Stats

Season GP GL B K H T D Guernsey No.
1926 1 0 29

1926 Season stats

Hide Season
RD VS Result GL B K H T D Guernsey No. Match Report
Round 5 Geelong W 0 29 View match >
Legend
  • #Guernsey
  • GLGoals
  • BBehinds
  • KKicks
  • HHandballs
  • DDisposals
  • MMarks
  • TTackles
*Player goal statistics included VFA (Victorian Football Association) results.
1927 1 0 13

1927 Season stats

Hide Season
RD VS Result GL B K H T D Guernsey No. Match Report
Round 17 Essendon W 0 13 View match >
Legend
  • #Guernsey
  • GLGoals
  • BBehinds
  • KKicks
  • HHandballs
  • DDisposals
  • MMarks
  • TTackles
*Player goal statistics included VFA (Victorian Football Association) results.
1928 3 0 14

1928 Season stats

Hide Season
RD VS Result GL B K H T D Guernsey No. Match Report
Round 17 North Melbourne W 0 14 View match >
Semi Final Melbourne W 0 14 View match >
Grand Final Richmond W 0 14 View match >
Legend
  • #Guernsey
  • GLGoals
  • BBehinds
  • KKicks
  • HHandballs
  • DDisposals
  • MMarks
  • TTackles
*Player goal statistics included VFA (Victorian Football Association) results.
1929 15 0 0 0 16

1929 Season stats

Hide Season
RD VS Result GL B K H T D Guernsey No. Match Report
Round 1 Richmond W 0 16 View match >
Round 2 Hawthorn W 0 16 View match >
Round 3 Sydney W 0 0 0 16 View match >
Round 4 Geelong W 0 16 View match >
Round 5 Fitzroy W 0 16 View match >
Round 6 North Melbourne W 0 16 View match >
Round 7 Melbourne W 0 16 View match >
Round 8 St Kilda W 0 16 View match >
Round 10 Carlton W 0 16 View match >
Round 13 Hawthorn W 0 0 0 16 View match >
Round 15 Geelong W 0 16 View match >
Round 16 Fitzroy W 0 16 View match >
Round 17 North Melbourne W 0 16 View match >
Semi Final Richmond L 0 16 View match >
Grand Final Richmond W 0 16 View match >
Legend
  • #Guernsey
  • GLGoals
  • BBehinds
  • KKicks
  • HHandballs
  • DDisposals
  • MMarks
  • TTackles
*Player goal statistics included VFA (Victorian Football Association) results.
1930 13 0 0 0 18

1930 Season stats

Hide Season
RD VS Result GL B K H T D Guernsey No. Match Report
Round 1 Richmond W 0 18 View match >
Round 2 Hawthorn W 0 18 View match >
Round 3 Sydney W 0 18 View match >
Round 4 Geelong L 0 18 View match >
Round 6 North Melbourne W 0 18 View match >
Round 12 Fitzroy W 0 0 0 18 View match >
Round 13 North Melbourne W 0 18 View match >
Round 14 Melbourne W 0 18 View match >
Round 15 St Kilda W 0 18 View match >
Round 16 Western Bulldogs W 0 18 View match >
Semi Final Richmond W 0 18 View match >
Preliminary Final Geelong L 0 18 View match >
Grand Final Geelong W 0 18 View match >
Legend
  • #Guernsey
  • GLGoals
  • BBehinds
  • KKicks
  • HHandballs
  • DDisposals
  • MMarks
  • TTackles
*Player goal statistics included VFA (Victorian Football Association) results.
1931 3 0 18

1931 Season stats

Hide Season
RD VS Result GL B K H T D Guernsey No. Match Report
Round 1 Geelong W 0 18 View match >
Round 2 Hawthorn W 0 18 View match >
Round 4 Richmond L 0 18 View match >
Legend
  • #Guernsey
  • GLGoals
  • BBehinds
  • KKicks
  • HHandballs
  • DDisposals
  • MMarks
  • TTackles
*Player goal statistics included VFA (Victorian Football Association) results.
Totals 36 0 0
Avg/Game   0.00 0.00
Legend
  • GPGames Played
  • GLGoals
  • BBehinds
  • KKicks
  • HHandballs
  • TTackles
  • DDisposals

Key Facts

CFC Debut Number

306

Total AFL Games
36
CFC Debut
Round 5, 1926
CFC Last Game
Round 4, 1931
Recruited From
Public Service
Full Name
Albert Lauder
Nickname
Harry

Awards

  • x3
    Premiership
    1928, 1929, 1930
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