Charlie Clymo

William Charles "Charlie" Clymo (30 October 1884 – 8 October 1955)[2] was the Captain of the Ballarat Fire Brigade for almost forty years and he was also an excellent sportsman being a good enough to be an Australian rules footballer who played for St Kilda. He later coached Geelong to a premiership in the Victorian Football League (VFL).

Charlie Clymo
Personal information
Full name William Charles Clymo[1]
Date of birth (1884-10-30)30 October 1884
Place of birth Bendigo, Victoria
Date of death 8 October 1955(1955-10-08) (aged 70)
Place of death Ballarat, Victoria
Original team(s) Eaglehawk (BFL)
Playing career1
Years Club Games (Goals)
1907–1909 St Kilda 43 (21)
Coaching career3
Years Club Games (W–L–D)
1931 Geelong 21 (17–4–0)
1 Playing statistics correct to the end of 1909.
3 Coaching statistics correct as of 1931.
Career highlights
Sources: AFL Tables,


Originally from Eaglehawk, where he worked as a fireman, Clymo played football on Wednesday for Eaglehawk and on Saturday for St Kilda. He made his St Kilda debut in 1907 and that season was a member of the first ever Saints side to compete in the finals.

After three years playing in the VFL, Clymo was appointed captain of the Ballarat Fire Brigade.[3] Re-locating to Ballarat he became captain-coach of the local Golden Point club in the Ballarat Football League. He led the club to premierships in 1910, 1914 and 1919.[1]

He also coached Ballarat from 1920 to a premiership, in 1923.[1] In 1924 he was successful in taking Moolort to its only flag in the Maryborough competition. He later took up umpiring.

He took charge of the Ballarat Imperial for two years 1929 for a premiership and 1930 runner-up.

In 1931 he was appointed coach of Geelong and helped them to the premiership, defeating Richmond in the Grand Final by 20 points. He got six months leave of absence from his employer, J Selkirk, Brickmakers to be able to fulfil his appointment.

In 1932 he was back coaching Golden Point, the depth of the depression the club had little money and he coached without compensation.

He served as captain of the Ballarat Fire Brigade from 1910 to retirement in 1949. He was a keen participant in the Fire Brigade competitions winning over 150 trophies between 1907 and 1925.

He died in 1955, leaving a widow and a son.


  1. Hanlon, Peter (7 August 2009). "Who was Charlie Clymo?". The Age. Retrieved 3 September 2014.
  2. "Family Notices". The Argus. Melbourne: National Library of Australia. 10 October 1955. p. 11. Retrieved 3 September 2014.

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