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Jack Finck

Jack Finck

1951-1954
5
Other Guernsey Nos.
35, 6

53 CFC Games Played

8 CFC Goals

Date of Birth
21 January 1930
Date of Death
31 October 2012
Recruited From
Heathmere
Collingwood Debut
Round 1, 1951
Height:
184cm
Weight:
80kg

Biography

Finck played 53 senior games for the Magpies between 1951 and 1954 and developed into a reliable defender.

He was named at full back in the club’s 1953 premiership side where he played a key role in Collingwood’s 12-point victory over Geelong.

Recruited from Heathmere in Victoria’s south west (coincidentally a club that also carries the Magpies moniker), Finck debuted against North Melbourne in round one, 1951 at the age of 21.

Beginning his career as a forward, Finck’s pace and anticipation meant that he was an obvious choice to replace the injured Jack Hamilton at full back.

He retained his goal-kicking prowess when the moment took him, bagging four in the win over Carlton at Princes Park in 1953.

On the last Saturday in September in ’53, Finck clearly performed the role assigned to him by his coach Phonse Kyne.

Of Geelong’s eight goals, none were kicked by their nominated key forwards Fred Flanagan and Russell Renfrey.

The flag – Collingwood’s 12th – came after a 17 year drought, enshrining Finck’s place in Magpie folklore.

Finck, who was also a member of the Magpies’ loss to Geelong in the 1952 Grand Final, played his final game in the Black and White in the final round of the 1954 home and away season.

He called time on his league career at the age of 24, citing a 240 mile round trip from Portland in Victoria’s western district as the main factor in his decision.

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Statistics

CFC Career Stats

Season played Games Goals Finals Win %
1951-1954 53 8 5 67%

CFC Season by Season Stats

Season GP GL B K H T D Guernsey No.
1951 5 2 0 6

1951 Season stats

Hide Season
RD VS Result GL B K H T D Guernsey No. Match Report
Round 1 North Melbourne W 0 6 View match >
Round 2 Melbourne W 1 0 6 View match >
Round 4 Essendon L 0 6 View match >
Round 5 Richmond L 0 6 View match >
Round 18 St Kilda W 1 0 6 View match >
Legend
  • #Guernsey
  • GLGoals
  • BBehinds
  • KKicks
  • HHandballs
  • DDisposals
  • MMarks
  • TTackles
*Player goal statistics included VFA (Victorian Football Association) results.
1952 13 0 35

1952 Season stats

Hide Season
RD VS Result GL B K H T D Guernsey No. Match Report
Round 10 Sydney W 0 35 View match >
Round 11 Richmond W 0 35 View match >
Round 12 Geelong L 0 35 View match >
Round 13 Hawthorn W 0 35 View match >
Round 14 Fitzroy L 0 35 View match >
Round 15 Essendon W 0 35 View match >
Round 16 St Kilda W 0 35 View match >
Round 17 Carlton L 0 35 View match >
Round 18 Western Bulldogs W 0 35 View match >
Round 19 Melbourne W 0 35 View match >
Semi Final Geelong L 0 35 View match >
Preliminary Final Fitzroy W 0 35 View match >
Grand Final Geelong L 0 35 View match >
Legend
  • #Guernsey
  • GLGoals
  • BBehinds
  • KKicks
  • HHandballs
  • DDisposals
  • MMarks
  • TTackles
*Player goal statistics included VFA (Victorian Football Association) results.
1953 19 6 0 0 5

1953 Season stats

Hide Season
RD VS Result GL B K H T D Guernsey No. Match Report
Round 1 Sydney W 0 5 View match >
Round 2 North Melbourne L 0 5 View match >
Round 3 Geelong L 0 5 View match >
Round 4 Carlton W 4 0 5 View match >
Round 5 Hawthorn W 1 0 5 View match >
Round 6 Richmond W 0 5 View match >
Round 7 Western Bulldogs W 0 5 View match >
Round 9 Melbourne W 0 5 View match >
Round 10 Essendon L 0 5 View match >
Round 11 Fitzroy L 1 0 5 View match >
Round 12 Sydney W 0 5 View match >
Round 13 North Melbourne W 0 5 View match >
Round 14 Geelong W 0 5 View match >
Round 15 Carlton W 0 5 View match >
Round 16 Hawthorn W 0 5 View match >
Round 17 Richmond W 0 5 View match >
Round 18 Western Bulldogs W 0 5 View match >
Semi Final Geelong W 0 5 View match >
Grand Final Geelong W 0 0 0 5 View match >
Legend
  • #Guernsey
  • GLGoals
  • BBehinds
  • KKicks
  • HHandballs
  • DDisposals
  • MMarks
  • TTackles
*Player goal statistics included VFA (Victorian Football Association) results.
1954 16 0 5

1954 Season stats

Hide Season
RD VS Result GL B K H T D Guernsey No. Match Report
Round 1 Melbourne W 0 5 View match >
Round 2 Fitzroy W 0 5 View match >
Round 3 St Kilda W 0 5 View match >
Round 4 Essendon W 0 5 View match >
Round 5 Sydney W 0 5 View match >
Round 6 Geelong L 0 5 View match >
Round 8 Carlton W 0 5 View match >
Round 10 Hawthorn W 0 5 View match >
Round 11 Western Bulldogs W 0 5 View match >
Round 12 Melbourne W 0 5 View match >
Round 13 Fitzroy L 0 5 View match >
Round 14 St Kilda W 0 5 View match >
Round 15 Essendon L 0 5 View match >
Round 16 Sydney L 0 5 View match >
Round 17 Geelong L 0 5 View match >
Round 18 Richmond L 0 5 View match >
Legend
  • #Guernsey
  • GLGoals
  • BBehinds
  • KKicks
  • HHandballs
  • DDisposals
  • MMarks
  • TTackles
*Player goal statistics included VFA (Victorian Football Association) results.
Totals 53 8 0
Avg/Game   0.15 0.00
Legend
  • GPGames Played
  • GLGoals
  • BBehinds
  • KKicks
  • HHandballs
  • TTackles
  • DDisposals

Key Facts

CFC Debut Number

539

Total AFL Games
53
Total AFL Goals
8
CFC Debut
Round 1, 1951
CFC Last Game
Round 18, 1954
Recruited From
Heathmere
Full Name
John Reginald Finck

Awards

  • Premiership
    1953
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