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Thorold Merrett

Thorold Merrett

1950-1960
17
Other Guernsey Nos.
16, 35

180 CFC Games Played

148 CFC Goals

Date of Birth
30 September 1933
Recruited From
Cobden
Collingwood Debut
Round 7, 1950
Height:
168cm
Weight:
62kg

Biography

At nine and a half stone, Merrett was one of the smallest players in the League.

His approaches to Richmond coach Jack Dyer were rejected with a laugh, but Collingwood gave him a chance as a 16 year-old and within two years he won the first of his seven Victorian jumpers.

The Cobden youngster had spent hours on the farm practising his stab-passing through a tyre on a tree. He had all the class of the great left footers and was as game as they come.

While remembered as a winger, he won his two Copeland Trophies as a rover in 1958 and 1959.

He suffered two broken legs during his career, the second ending his football at the age of 26.

He decided to stick with his TV work even though his leg came good. He played in five Grand Finals including the flag wins of 1953 and 1958.

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Statistics

CFC Career Stats

Season played Games Goals Finals Win %
1950-1960 180 148 17 65%

CFC Season by Season Stats

Season GP GL B K H T D Guernsey No.
1950 12 9 0 35

1950 Season stats

Hide Season
RD VS Result GL B K H T D Guernsey No. Match Report
Round 7 Western Bulldogs W 0 35 View match >
Round 8 Melbourne L 0 35 View match >
Round 9 North Melbourne L 1 0 35 View match >
Round 10 St Kilda W 1 0 35 View match >
Round 11 Essendon L 0 35 View match >
Round 12 Sydney W 0 35 View match >
Round 13 Fitzroy L 2 0 35 View match >
Round 14 Carlton W 1 0 35 View match >
Round 15 Hawthorn W 0 35 View match >
Round 16 Geelong L 0 35 View match >
Round 17 Richmond L 3 0 35 View match >
Round 18 Western Bulldogs W 1 0 35 View match >
Legend
  • #Guernsey
  • GLGoals
  • BBehinds
  • KKicks
  • HHandballs
  • DDisposals
  • MMarks
  • TTackles
*Player goal statistics included VFA (Victorian Football Association) results.
1951 20 7 0 17

1951 Season stats

Hide Season
RD VS Result GL B K H T D Guernsey No. Match Report
Round 1 North Melbourne W 1 0 17 View match >
Round 2 Melbourne W 0 17 View match >
Round 3 Geelong W 0 17 View match >
Round 4 Essendon L 0 17 View match >
Round 5 Richmond L 1 0 17 View match >
Round 6 Sydney W 0 17 View match >
Round 7 St Kilda W 1 0 17 View match >
Round 8 Carlton W 0 17 View match >
Round 9 Hawthorn W 0 17 View match >
Round 10 Western Bulldogs L 1 0 17 View match >
Round 11 Fitzroy L 0 17 View match >
Round 12 North Melbourne W 0 17 View match >
Round 13 Melbourne W 2 0 17 View match >
Round 14 Geelong W 0 17 View match >
Round 15 Essendon W 0 17 View match >
Round 16 Richmond W 0 17 View match >
Round 17 Sydney W 0 17 View match >
Round 18 St Kilda W 1 0 17 View match >
Semi Final Geelong L 0 17 View match >
Preliminary Final Essendon L 0 17 View match >
Legend
  • #Guernsey
  • GLGoals
  • BBehinds
  • KKicks
  • HHandballs
  • DDisposals
  • MMarks
  • TTackles
*Player goal statistics included VFA (Victorian Football Association) results.
1952 20 7 0 17

1952 Season stats

Hide Season
RD VS Result GL B K H T D Guernsey No. Match Report
Round 1 Hawthorn W 0 17 View match >
Round 2 Fitzroy W 0 17 View match >
Round 3 Essendon W 1 0 17 View match >
Round 4 St Kilda W 0 17 View match >
Round 5 Carlton W 0 17 View match >
Round 6 Western Bulldogs W 1 0 17 View match >
Round 7 Melbourne L 0 17 View match >
Round 9 North Melbourne L 0 17 View match >
Round 10 Sydney W 0 17 View match >
Round 11 Richmond W 0 17 View match >
Round 12 Geelong L 0 17 View match >
Round 14 Fitzroy L 0 17 View match >
Round 15 Essendon W 0 17 View match >
Round 16 St Kilda W 0 17 View match >
Round 17 Carlton L 0 17 View match >
Round 18 Western Bulldogs W 3 0 17 View match >
Round 19 Melbourne W 0 17 View match >
Semi Final Geelong L 0 17 View match >
Preliminary Final Fitzroy W 0 17 View match >
Grand Final Geelong L 2 0 17 View match >
Legend
  • #Guernsey
  • GLGoals
  • BBehinds
  • KKicks
  • HHandballs
  • DDisposals
  • MMarks
  • TTackles
*Player goal statistics included VFA (Victorian Football Association) results.
1953 20 15 1 0 17

1953 Season stats

Hide Season
RD VS Result GL B K H T D Guernsey No. Match Report
Round 1 Sydney W 0 17 View match >
Round 2 North Melbourne L 1 0 17 View match >
Round 3 Geelong L 1 0 17 View match >
Round 4 Carlton W 0 17 View match >
Round 5 Hawthorn W 1 0 17 View match >
Round 6 Richmond W 0 17 View match >
Round 7 Western Bulldogs W 0 17 View match >
Round 8 St Kilda W 3 0 17 View match >
Round 9 Melbourne W 0 17 View match >
Round 10 Essendon L 1 0 17 View match >
Round 11 Fitzroy L 0 17 View match >
Round 12 Sydney W 2 0 17 View match >
Round 13 North Melbourne W 2 0 17 View match >
Round 14 Geelong W 1 0 17 View match >
Round 15 Carlton W 1 0 17 View match >
Round 16 Hawthorn W 1 0 17 View match >
Round 17 Richmond W 0 17 View match >
Round 18 Western Bulldogs W 1 0 17 View match >
Semi Final Geelong W 0 17 View match >
Grand Final Geelong W 0 1 0 17 View match >
Legend
  • #Guernsey
  • GLGoals
  • BBehinds
  • KKicks
  • HHandballs
  • DDisposals
  • MMarks
  • TTackles
*Player goal statistics included VFA (Victorian Football Association) results.
1954 6 9 0 17

1954 Season stats

Hide Season
RD VS Result GL B K H T D Guernsey No. Match Report
Round 1 Melbourne W 1 0 17 View match >
Round 2 Fitzroy W 4 0 17 View match >
Round 3 St Kilda W 1 0 17 View match >
Round 4 Essendon W 2 0 17 View match >
Round 5 Sydney W 1 0 17 View match >
Round 6 Geelong L 0 17 View match >
Legend
  • #Guernsey
  • GLGoals
  • BBehinds
  • KKicks
  • HHandballs
  • DDisposals
  • MMarks
  • TTackles
*Player goal statistics included VFA (Victorian Football Association) results.
1955 20 17 0 0 17

1955 Season stats

Hide Season
RD VS Result GL B K H T D Guernsey No. Match Report
Round 1 Western Bulldogs L 2 0 17 View match >
Round 2 North Melbourne W 2 0 17 View match >
Round 3 St Kilda W 2 0 17 View match >
Round 4 Hawthorn L 0 17 View match >
Round 5 Carlton W 0 17 View match >
Round 6 Essendon W 1 0 17 View match >
Round 7 Fitzroy W 1 0 17 View match >
Round 8 Geelong W 2 0 17 View match >
Round 9 Sydney W 0 17 View match >
Round 10 Richmond W 1 0 17 View match >
Round 11 Melbourne W 0 17 View match >
Round 12 Western Bulldogs L 0 17 View match >
Round 14 St Kilda W 0 17 View match >
Round 15 Hawthorn W 0 17 View match >
Round 16 Carlton W 2 0 17 View match >
Round 17 Essendon L 2 0 17 View match >
Round 18 Fitzroy W 2 0 17 View match >
Semi Final Melbourne L 0 17 View match >
Preliminary Final Geelong W 0 17 View match >
Grand Final Melbourne L 0 0 0 17 View match >
Legend
  • #Guernsey
  • GLGoals
  • BBehinds
  • KKicks
  • HHandballs
  • DDisposals
  • MMarks
  • TTackles
*Player goal statistics included VFA (Victorian Football Association) results.
1956 21 11 1 0 17

1956 Season stats

Hide Season
RD VS Result GL B K H T D Guernsey No. Match Report
Round 1 Hawthorn W 1 0 17 View match >
Round 2 Sydney W 0 17 View match >
Round 3 Richmond L 0 17 View match >
Round 4 Western Bulldogs W 3 0 17 View match >
Round 5 Carlton L 0 17 View match >
Round 6 Geelong W 0 17 View match >
Round 7 Melbourne L 0 17 View match >
Round 8 North Melbourne W 0 17 View match >
Round 9 Fitzroy W 0 17 View match >
Round 10 St Kilda W 2 0 17 View match >
Round 11 Essendon W 2 0 17 View match >
Round 12 Hawthorn W 0 17 View match >
Round 13 Sydney W 0 17 View match >
Round 14 Richmond W 0 17 View match >
Round 15 Western Bulldogs W 1 0 17 View match >
Round 16 Carlton L 1 0 17 View match >
Round 17 Geelong W 0 17 View match >
Round 18 Melbourne L 0 17 View match >
Semi Final Melbourne L 0 17 View match >
Preliminary Final Western Bulldogs W 1 0 17 View match >
Grand Final Melbourne L 0 1 0 17 View match >
Legend
  • #Guernsey
  • GLGoals
  • BBehinds
  • KKicks
  • HHandballs
  • DDisposals
  • MMarks
  • TTackles
*Player goal statistics included VFA (Victorian Football Association) results.
1957 14 7 0 17

1957 Season stats

Hide Season
RD VS Result GL B K H T D Guernsey No. Match Report
Round 1 Essendon L 0 17 View match >
Round 3 Geelong W 0 17 View match >
Round 7 St Kilda W 1 0 17 View match >
Round 8 Western Bulldogs L 1 0 17 View match >
Round 9 Richmond L 0 17 View match >
Round 10 Carlton W 0 17 View match >
Round 11 Hawthorn W 1 0 17 View match >
Round 12 Essendon L 0 17 View match >
Round 13 Melbourne D 0 17 View match >
Round 14 Geelong W 2 0 17 View match >
Round 15 Sydney W 1 0 17 View match >
Round 16 Fitzroy L 0 17 View match >
Round 17 North Melbourne W 1 0 17 View match >
Round 18 St Kilda L 0 17 View match >
Legend
  • #Guernsey
  • GLGoals
  • BBehinds
  • KKicks
  • HHandballs
  • DDisposals
  • MMarks
  • TTackles
*Player goal statistics included VFA (Victorian Football Association) results.
1958 21 30 2 0 17, 16

1958 Season stats

Hide Season
RD VS Result GL B K H T D Guernsey No. Match Report
Round 1 Western Bulldogs W 2 0 17 View match >
Round 2 Hawthorn W 0 17 View match >
Round 3 Fitzroy W 0 17 View match >
Round 4 Essendon L 0 17 View match >
Round 5 Carlton W 0 17 View match >
Round 6 Richmond W 1 0 17 View match >
Round 7 North Melbourne L 2 0 17 View match >
Round 8 Sydney W 3 0 17 View match >
Round 9 St Kilda W 2 0 17 View match >
Round 10 Melbourne L 1 0 17 View match >
Round 11 Geelong W 1 0 17 View match >
Round 12 Western Bulldogs W 1 0 17 View match >
Round 13 Hawthorn W 0 17 View match >
Round 14 Fitzroy L 2 0 17 View match >
Round 15 Essendon L 3 0 17 View match >
Round 16 Carlton W 2 0 17 View match >
Round 17 Richmond W 2 0 17 View match >
Round 18 North Melbourne L 2 0 17 View match >
Semi Final Melbourne L 2 0 17 View match >
Preliminary Final North Melbourne W 2 0 17 View match >
Grand Final Melbourne W 2 2 0 16 View match >
Legend
  • #Guernsey
  • GLGoals
  • BBehinds
  • KKicks
  • HHandballs
  • DDisposals
  • MMarks
  • TTackles
*Player goal statistics included VFA (Victorian Football Association) results.
1959 18 27 0 17

1959 Season stats

Hide Season
RD VS Result GL B K H T D Guernsey No. Match Report
Round 1 Sydney L 1 0 17 View match >
Round 2 Melbourne L 2 0 17 View match >
Round 3 Carlton L 1 0 17 View match >
Round 4 St Kilda L 0 17 View match >
Round 5 Richmond L 1 0 17 View match >
Round 6 Western Bulldogs W 3 0 17 View match >
Round 7 Geelong W 4 0 17 View match >
Round 8 Fitzroy L 0 17 View match >
Round 9 Essendon W 3 0 17 View match >
Round 10 North Melbourne W 2 0 17 View match >
Round 11 Hawthorn W 1 0 17 View match >
Round 13 Melbourne W 0 17 View match >
Round 14 Carlton W 1 0 17 View match >
Round 15 St Kilda W 1 0 17 View match >
Round 16 Richmond W 0 17 View match >
Round 17 Western Bulldogs W 3 0 17 View match >
Round 18 Geelong W 3 0 17 View match >
Semi Final Essendon L 1 0 17 View match >
Legend
  • #Guernsey
  • GLGoals
  • BBehinds
  • KKicks
  • HHandballs
  • DDisposals
  • MMarks
  • TTackles
*Player goal statistics included VFA (Victorian Football Association) results.
1960 8 9 0 17

1960 Season stats

Hide Season
RD VS Result GL B K H T D Guernsey No. Match Report
Round 1 Fitzroy W 5 0 17 View match >
Round 2 Hawthorn W 1 0 17 View match >
Round 3 Essendon L 0 17 View match >
Round 4 Melbourne W 1 0 17 View match >
Round 5 St Kilda L 1 0 17 View match >
Round 6 Sydney L 1 0 17 View match >
Round 7 North Melbourne L 0 17 View match >
Round 8 Carlton W 0 17 View match >
Legend
  • #Guernsey
  • GLGoals
  • BBehinds
  • KKicks
  • HHandballs
  • DDisposals
  • MMarks
  • TTackles
*Player goal statistics included VFA (Victorian Football Association) results.
Totals 180 148 4
Avg/Game   0.82 0.02
Legend
  • GPGames Played
  • GLGoals
  • BBehinds
  • KKicks
  • HHandballs
  • TTackles
  • DDisposals

Key Facts

CFC Debut Number

534

Total AFL Games
180
Total AFL Goals
148
CFC Debut
Round 7, 1950
CFC Last Game
Round 8, 1960
Recruited From
Cobden
Full Name
Thorold Merrett
Nickname
Titch

Awards

  • Life Members
    1960
  • CFC Hall of Fame
    2005
  • CFC Team of the Century
  • x2
    E.W. Copeland Trophy (Best and Fairest)
    1958, 1959
  • Third Best and Fairest (J.J. Joyce Trophy)
    1952
  • x2
    Premiership
    1953, 1958
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