Full Name: JACK SYMONS
Date of Birth: 11/05/1912
Height: 185 cm ( 6-1 )
Weight: 93 kg ( 14-9 )
Debut: 07/07/1934, Round 9, Geelong
Last Game: 13/05/1944, Round 2, North Melbourne
Total Games: 111
Total Goals: 71
Seasons: 1933-36, 1938-41, 1943
Total Games: 60
Total Goals: 68
Jack was a utility player who played mainly in key-position. Recruited from Burnley he spent a total of 10 season with Richmond. He was a very versatile and adaptable player and a strong mark. His best senior year was 1938 when he finished second in the Best and Fairest award. He had the nickname of "Tangle Foot" because of his unusual but effective kicking style. He was awarded Life Membership in 1943 and was a member of the 1940 and 1942 Grand Final sides. Ironically he left Richmond and joined Fitzroy during 1944 and was ruck-rover in Fitzroy's team that beat the Tigers in the Grand Final.
He spent three seasons with Fitzroy and also represented Victoria once. In 1947 he was playing-coach of the Footscray Reserves and after that season he moved to the country to coach. At one stage during his working life he was a member of the Victoria Police Force. His grandson Darron Wilkinson played one senior game with Fitzroy in 1991 before transferring to Box Hill. Jack died in 1993.
Fitzroy 1944-46, Games 36, Goals 58 ( Honours - Premiership 1944, Victorian Representative Team 1945 Games 1 ) ; Footscray Reserves Captain/Coach 1947, Games 16 ; Dimboola Captain/Coach 1948, Games 20 ( Honours - Best & Fairest 1948 ) ; Carrum Captain/Coach 1950/51 ; Collegians Coach 1953-54.