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John Hill

John Hill


2 CFC Games Played

0 CFC Goals

Date of Birth
22 March 1925
Date of Death
24 September 1995
Recruited From
Wangaratta Rovers
Collingwood Debut
Round 17, 1950


Universally known as ‘Mac’ or ‘Maccy’, John Hill enjoyed only a brief career at Victoria Park, after finding that the competition for spots amongst the Magpies small brigade was restricting his opportunities.

Mac started his career at Beechworth before crossing to Wangaratta, where he played with both Wangaratta and Wangaratta Rovers. He was recruited to Collingwood for the 1950 season after playing – and starring – in a Premiership side with Wangaratta in 1949. He’d also played in a flag with Rovers the previous season. Former Magpie Mac Holten, who was coaching in Wangaratta, had recommended him to the Pies.

Hill played nine games with the reserves during the 1950 home-and-away season and performed well enough to be chosen for the seniors in the second last game of the year, debuting against Richmond on the wing to replace the injured Des Healey. Healey recovered the next week but the Argus reported that the youngster had “shaped well enough to retain a place in the side.” The Age was even more positive: “Playing his first game for Collingwood, J. Hill showed promise on the wing. Pace, safe marking and tenacity characterised his play and he set an example to more experienced players in not letting up.”

Hill kept his place on the wing for the final game of the year against Footscray, and then returned to the reserves for the finals, where he was named among the team’s best players in both matches. He did well in the pre-season practice matches in 1951 and also played in the team that won the 1951 VFL Lightning Premiership, held in May to mark the 50th anniversary of the Commonwealth Parliament and the centenary of the Victorian Parliament. But after another seven reserves games – giving him 18 in all – Mac decided that, with Bob Rose, Lou and Ron Richards, Thorold Merrett and Des Healey, among others, ahead of him in the queue, his opportunities were likely to be limited and he headed back to Wangaratta.

Once home he resumed playing with Rovers. He later went to Glenrowan as captain/coach and led them to a flag in 1955.

A schoolteacher by profession, he taught for many years at schools in Wangaratta.



CFC Career Stats

Season played Games Goals Finals Win %
1950 2 0 0 50%

CFC Season by Season Stats

Season GP GL B K H T D Guernsey No.
1950 2 0 11

1950 Season stats

Hide Season
RD VS Result GL B K H T D Guernsey No. Match Report
Round 17 Richmond L 0 11 View match >
Round 18 Western Bulldogs W 0 11 View match >
  • #Guernsey
  • GLGoals
  • BBehinds
  • KKicks
  • HHandballs
  • DDisposals
  • MMarks
  • TTackles
*Player goal statistics included VFA (Victorian Football Association) results.
Totals 2
Avg/Game   0.00
  • GPGames Played
  • GLGoals
  • BBehinds
  • KKicks
  • HHandballs
  • TTackles
  • DDisposals

Key Facts

CFC Debut Number


Total AFL Games
CFC Debut
Round 17, 1950
CFC Last Game
Round 18, 1950
Recruited From
Wangaratta Rovers
Full Name
John McMahon Hill
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