Full Name: JIM DEANE
Date of Birth: 22/01/1928
Date of Death: 13/11/2010
Height: 180 cm ( 5-11 )
Weight: 81 kg ( 12-10 )
Debut: 19/04/1954, Round 1, North Melbourne
Last Game: 20/08/1955, Round 18, St Kilda
Total Games: 33
Total Goals: 17
By the time he came to Richmond in 1954, Deane was already recognised as one of the champions of South Australian football.
A classy, skilful left-footer, who played half-foward, centre, or rover, he won six Best and Fairests for South Adelaide, two Magarey Medals (runner-up 2nd three times), and was South Adelaide captain for five seasons.
Deane had an aborted start to his Richmond career.
He had first appeared at Tigerland training in March 1946, on request of either Jack Broadstock (who had played for West Adelaide), or Laurie Cahill (SA player in 1943 premiership) and Richmond supporter Bill Stewart.
Richmond secretary Maurie Fleming signed him after he stepped off the Adelaide train on 18 March 1946 at Spencer Street station, and the club had organised for him to live with Jack Titus in order to fulfil a three-month residential qualification.
It is reported he made the final 25 names at Richmond, but because of homesickness, returned to South Adelaide in April 1946.
He was signed again by Richmond in 1950 on a two year form, and it seems was re-signed again in May 1951, during the interstate football weekend with the club so eager to get his service that officials went over to South Adelaide in September again with rumours circulating they were willing to swap him for their current captain Bill Morris. (Morris would instead become playing-coach of Box Hill).
In late 1951 or early January 1952 it was reported he was offered the position of playing-coach of Richmond (he would have replaced Dyer as coach who wanted to work on his business in South Melbourne and possibly secure a country hotel, and the aforementioned Morris), but South Adelaide refused him a clearance (22/1/1952 MB). News reports suggested the offer was in the vicinity of 1000 pounds, and that South Adelaide had denied his clearance on two occasions in the space of eight weeks. Some officials at South Adelaide felt that the offer of coach was merely a front to get Deane to Tigerland, and that after a few weeks he would have relinquished the position and had Dyer or an experienced coach take over.
I am anxious to get the job and have been asked by Richmond to make a special approach to the South Adelaide committee for a clearance. - 31st Jan, 1952. Dyer announced he would not leave Richmond unless the club replaced him with an experienced coach, if the Jim Deane deal fell through. It did fall through. South Adelaide refused Deane's clearance yet again on Feb 12, 1952, and Dyer was reappointed coach for 1 more season at the club's AGM two weeks later.
He was appointed captain-coach of Richmond, by the committee in November 1952, to replace Jack Dyer, subject to South Adelaide's approval. They refused.
James was a half-forward-flanker. He originally started with the South Adelaide Thirds and finished up spending 16 seasons with that club as both a player and coach.
He later spent five years with Mytleford where he won the Ovens and Murray Leagues’ Best and Fairest award the “Morris Medal” twice. Despite his great success with football awards, it took him 25 years as a player before he played in a Premiership side and that was whilst he was playing-coach of Port Pirie in 1965. After retiring, he commentated with the ABC in Adelaide for 28 years, as well as being involved in the hotel industry.
A fireman, he was an accomplished tennis player
- by Rhett Bartlett
Gillies St Primary School ( Honours - Captain South Australian Primary Schools Representative Team 1940 ) ; South Adrlaide Thirds 1943-45 ( Honours - Club Best & Fairest 1945, Competition Best & Fairest " Tompkins Medal " 1945 ) ; South Adelaide Seniors 1945-53 ( Honours - Captain/Coach 1951-53, Club Best & Fairest 1948-49, 1951, 1953, South Australian Football League Best & Fairest " Margarey Medal " 1953.
South Adelaide Seniors 1956-57, Games 153, Goals 95 ( Club Best & Fairest 1956-57, " Margarey Medal " 1953+ 1957, South Australian Representative Team including 1945-53 Games 15 Goals 12, Coach 1970-71 )
Myrtleford Captain/Coach 1958-62, Games 96, Goals 67 ( Honours - Competition Best & Fairest " Morris Medal " 1958, 1961, League Representative Team Games 2 )
Port Pirie Captain/Coach1963-65, Games 55 ( Honours - Premiership 1965 ) ; Proprietary Coach 1967-68 Games 18 ( Honours - Premiership ).