JACK DYER is widely acknowledged as the imposing Legend of Australian Rules Football and played 312 Games and kicked 443 Goals for his beloved Richmond Tigers in a distinguished playing career from 1931 to 1949. Dyer’s VFL/AFL TRADING CARDS sell at strong premiums as there are few available, and many Richmond players cards are available at qualityafltradingcards.com.
Dyer was recruited from St Ignatius School Richmond for Season 1931, after he had won the Metropolitan League’s Best and Fairest Player Award at only 16 years of age, in 1930. He played only a handful of Games for the Tigers in 1931, which was highlighted by his starring role in the Second Semi-Final against the Geelong Cats, where he played in the Forward line and kicked 3 Goals.
Jack Dyer played a scintillating first half of the 1932 Season, then unfortunately suffered a serious knee injury which threatened to end his career. He looked on from the sidelines while the Tigers went on to win the 1932 Grand Final , and the hunger for success that burned within , had shaped the future playing style that enshrined the Dyer Legend. The Dyer playing comeback in season 1933 saw his very strong attacks on the ball, with ferocious high speed collisions with opposition players becoming a regular feature. In the 1933 Grand Final against South Melbourne, Dyer dominated with 30 possessions, however the Tigers were defeated by 8 Goals.
After the 1934 Grand Final win over South Melbourne, in which Dyer was a high class performer, many of the General Football Public and the Media Analysts declared Jack Dyer as the Most Valuable Player in the Game. During Season 1935, and after a number of “hip and shoulder” bumps had laid oppposition players motionless, a Melbourne journalist labelled Dyer as “Captain Blood”, an affable nickname that remained prominently for the balance of his Playing Career.
Jack Dyer immediately took appropriate action against any opposition player who was over-aggressive towards Richmond’s smaller players, and he had the distinction of being feared, but admired by those who strayed into his path. Over the years, the Dyer legend has tended to be over-biased towards the rough and aggressive nature of his on-field demeanour, and his outstanding Football Skills can be lost in the haze.
Dyer’s Playing Career is decorated with the following achievements:-
Richmond Tigers Best & Fairest Player Award- 1932, 1937, 1938, 1939, 1940 and 1946, Club Leading Goalkicker in Seasons 1947 and 1948, Richmond Premiership Player in 1934 and 1943, and Richmond Captain/Coach from 1941 to 1949. Statewide recognition was enhanced with Dyer’s appointment as Captain of the Victorian State Team in 1941, a position he honoured again in 1949, and he played a Total of 16 representative Games for his State.
Jack Dyer played most of his Career as a Ruckman, despite being small by todays standards at 6 feet 1 inch and weighed approximately 90 Kilograms. He switched to a predominantly Forward role late in his career, and is widely acknowledged as the player who introduced the Drop Punt Kick to Australian Rules Football. Although Dyer was ridiculed initially for the change in kicking style, Australian Footballers of today adopt this style almost unanimously, and the Drop Punt has now attracted devotees within Rugby League, Rugby Union and American Gridiron Football.
Jack Dyer was an inaugural inductee to the Australian Football League Hall Of Fame in 1996, and a leading member of the Richmond Tigers Team of the Century. The “Jack Dyer Medal” is now awarded to the Richmond Tigers Best & Fairest Player at the end of each Season, and each elected Captain of the Richmond Club is honoured by wearing the No. 17 Guernsey, made famous by “Captain Blood”.
Jack Dyer retired from Coaching the Richmond Tigers in 1952, and embarked on a lengthy and distinguished career in the Media. He had a wonderful working relationship with his Collingwood Magpies mate, Lou Richards and the Geelong Legend, Bobby Davis. Dyer was an entertaining and harsh critic during his role as a Radio Commentator at Australian Football Games, and his colourful character built a huge following on Television and in the written media.
Jack Dyer is the standout figure in Richmond Tigers Club History, and the vacuum left behind with his passing in 2003 will never be filled.
( Image courtesy of richmondfc.com.au ).