Dick Lee (Australian footballer)

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Dick Lee
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Personal information
Full name Walter Henry Lee
Date of birth(1889-03-19)19 March 1889
Place of birth Collingwood, Victoria
Date of death 11 September 1968(1968-09-11) (aged 79)
Place of death Northcote, Victoria
Original team(s) Rose of Northcote
Debut Round 7, 1906, Collingwood
vs.  Melbourne, at Victoria Park
Height 175 cm (5 ft 9 in)
Weight 76 kg (168 lb)
Playing career1
YearsClubGames (Goals)
1906–1922 Collingwood 230 (707)
1 Playing statistics correct to the end of 1922.
Career highlights
Sources: AFL Tables, AustralianFootball.com

Walter Henry "Dick" Lee (19 March 1889 – 11 September 1968) was an Australian rules footballer who played for the Collingwood Football Club in the (then) Victorian Football League (VFL).

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Family

The son of long-term Collingwood trainer Walter Henry Lee (1863–1952), [1] [2] [3] and Isabella Lee (1867–1929), née Turnbull, [4] Walter Henry Lee was born in Collingwood on 19 March 1889. He married Zella Dixon in 1927.

Football

Lee was one of the first great forwards in Australian Football with an ability to win the ball on the ground or in the air.

In 1912, Lee had a cartilage removed from his knee; [5] and, according to his (then) team captain, Dan Minogue, writing in 1937, Lee was the first senior VFL footballer to have that operation. [6]

His last kick in his last match for Collingwood scored Collingwood's final goal in its six-point loss to Fitzroy in the 1922 VFL Grand Final.

Death

He died at Northcote, Victoria on 11 September 1968. [7] [8] [9]

Honours

Life Member

He was made a life member of the Collingwood Football Club in 1918.

Australian Football Hall of Fame

In 1996 Lee was inducted into the Australian Football Hall of Fame. [10]

Team of the Century

In 1998 he was selected on the half-forward flank in the Collingwood team of the Century.

See also

Footnotes

  1. The "Curtain-Raiser", The Argus, (Saturday, 5 May 1934), p.21.
  2. Barclay, Bert, "Wal Lee, Doyen of Collingwood's Many Pioneers", The Herald, (Thursday, 30 April 1936), p.49.
  3. Three Sporting Identities Die, The (Adelaide) News, (Wednesday, 10 September 1952), p.27.
  4. Dick Lee's Mother Dead, The Weekly Times, (Saturday, 16 February 1929), p.75; Liniment Poisoning: Footballer's Mother Dies, The Geelong Advertiser, (Monday, 11 February 1929), p.5; A Fatal Mistake: Linament Taken as Medicine, The Age, (Friday, 22 February 1929), p.6.
  5. Footballer in Hospital, The Age, (Thursday, 24 October 1912), p.14.
  6. Minogue, D. (with Milard, P.J.), "League Captain at 22", The Sporting Globe, (Saturday, 31 July 1937), p.8.
  7. Deaths: Lee, The Age, (Thursday, 12 September 1968), p.21.
  8. Funeral Notices: Lee,The Age, (Friday, 13 September 1968), p.17.
  9. Hobbs, Greg, "Famous High Flying Forward Dies", The Age, (Thursday, 12 September 1968), p.28.
  10. Ross, John (1999). The Australian Football Hall of Fame. Australia: HarperCollinsPublishers. p. 88. ISBN   0-7322-6426-X.

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