Clyde Helmer

Clyde Helmer (22 April 1916 – 24 April 1945) was an Australian rules footballer who played for Geelong and Melbourne in the Victorian Football League (VFL).

Clyde Helmer
Personal information
Date of birth 22 April 1916
Date of death 24 April 1945(1945-04-24) (aged 29)
Place of death New Guinea
Original team(s) Mooroopna
Height 184 cm (6 ft 0 in)
Weight 80 kg (176 lb)
Playing career1
Years Club Games (Goals)
1937–1941 Geelong 71 (137)
1942 Melbourne 02 00(3)
Total 73 (140)
1 Playing statistics correct to the end of 1942.
Sources: AFL Tables,

A forward, Helmer could torpedo punt on either foot and in 1938, just his second league season, topped Geelong's goalkicking with 74 goals. In a game that year against Fitzroy he kicked a career best eight goals. He crossed to Melbourne in 1942 but could only manage two games.[1]

During World War II Helmer was a Temporary Warrant Officer in the Australian Army and lost his life in New Guinea after a bomb he was trying to defuse exploded.

See also



  • Holmesby, Russell and Main, Jim (2007). The Encyclopedia of AFL Footballers. 7th ed. Melbourne: Bas Publishing.

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