Ethelbert Luxmore "Bert" Renfrey (5 May 1879 – 29 April 1940) was an Australian rules footballer who played in the South Australian Football Association, Victorian Football League and West Australian Football Association.
|Full name||Ethelbert Luxmore Renfrey|
|Date of birth||5 May 1879|
|Place of birth||Adelaide, South Australia|
|Date of death||29 April 1940 60)(aged|
|Place of death||Adelaide, South Australia|
|Height||185 cm (6 ft 1 in)|
|Weight||86 kg (190 lb)|
|1901–03; 1908||West Broken Hill|
|1905–1906||West Perth||41 (7)|
|1907||St Kilda||15 (0)|
1 Playing statistics correct to the end of 1907.
|Sources: AFL Tables, AustralianFootball.com|
The son of Senior Constable William Renfrey (1849-1916), and Mary Jane Renfrey (1852-1920), née Percy, Ethelbert Luxmore Renfrey was born in South Australia on 5 May 1879. He married Ethel Maud Percy (1886-1968) on 23 September 1921. They had two children: Mary Lois (later Mrs. Colin Gilbert Sinclair), and Ronald.
North Adelaide (1895 – 1898)
Aged just 16 on his SAFA debut for North Adelaide.
Norwood (1899 – 1900)
Renfrew joined Norwood for two seasons in 1899. During this time he represented South Australia at inter-colonial football.
West Broken Hill (1901 – 1903)
Boulder City (1904)
Renfrew played a season for the Goldfields Football Association club Boulder City.
West Perth (1905 – 1906)
Renfrey joined West Perth and participated in their 1905 premiership side. The following year, West Perth made another grand final, but Renfrey missed the game through injury.
St Kilda (1907)
Return to West Broken Hill (1908)
He returned to West Broken Hill in 1908 and represented New South Wales in the Jubilee Australasian Football Carnival, held in Melbourne that year. The founder of the Sturt Football Club, Arthur Thomas, met Renfrey at the carnival and convinced him to sign with them for the 1909 season.
Sturt (1909 – 1913)
Renfrey represented South Australia in a total of 11 interstate matches and captained the 1911 Adelaide Carnival team. The South Australians finished the carnival unbeaten, defeating the VFL representative side by 43 points.
In the 1913 finals series, Sturt were upset by West Adelaide and following the game several players accused Renfrey of "playing dead". With five members of the team refusing to play with him again, Renfrey was sacked by the committee. He was reinstated the next evening after a vote of confidence was carried and took part in their next game, a loss to his former club North Adelaide. Following the match he was involved in a fight with prominent Sturt player Albert Heinrichs and never played for the club again.
Despite the bitter end to his time with Sturt, he was later named on the interchange bench in their official "Team of the Century".
He joined South Adelaide as non playing coach in 1914 and the following year guided them to third position on the ladder. The league went into recess during the war and when it returned in 1919, Renfrey coached for one final season.
He enlisted in the First AIF on 4 January 1916, and was discharged (at his own request) on 31 August 1916.
He became a bookmaker.
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- The Advertiser, "Funeral Notices", 1 May 1940. p. 12
- Bert Renfrey, australianfootball.com
- Bert Renfrey, (St. Kilda), The (Fremantle) Empire, (Saturday, 6 July 1907), p.4.
- Holmesby, Russell; Main, Jim (2007). The Encyclopedia Of AFL Footballers. BAS Publishing. ISBN 978-1-920910-78-5.
- "Bert Renfrey". AFL Tables.
- The Advertiser, "Renfrey Resigns", 30 June 1913. p. 15
- Deaths: Renfrey, The (Adelaide) Advertiser, (Wednesday, 1 May 1940), p.12.
- Captain of 1911 S.A. Football Team Found Dead in Park, The (Adelaide) News, (Monday 29 April 1940), p.5; Former Footballer Found Dead in Park, The (Adelaide) Advertiser, (Tuesday, 30 April 1940), p.12.
- No Inquest into Death of Footballer, The (Adelaide) News, (Tuesday, 30 April 1940), p.8.