Don Hart

Donald Clement Hart (29 September 1930 – 8 February 2018) was an Australian rules footballer who played with Fitzroy,[1] and Richmond,[2] in the Victorian Football League (VFL),[3] and with Brighton Football Club in the Victorian Football Association (VFA).[4]

Don Hart
Personal information
Full name Donald Clement Hart
Date of birth (1930-09-29)29 September 1930
Date of death 8 February 2018(2018-02-08) (aged 87)
Original team(s) Westgarth Socials
Height 180 cm (5 ft 11 in)
Weight 77 kg (170 lb)
Playing career1
Years Club Games (Goals)
1950–51, 1953 Fitzroy 37 (43)
1954 Richmond 05 0(2)
1956-1958 Brighton (VFA) 53 142
1958-1962 Mornington 96 462
Total 191 (649)
1 Playing statistics correct to the end of 1962.
Sources: AFL Tables,


The son of Frederick Arthur Hart, and Elizabeth Hart, née King, Donald Clement Hart was born on 29 September 1930.

He married Phyllis Jean Hopewell on 9 October 1954.[5]

Two of his brothers, Arthur Hart, and Eddie Hart also played for Fitzroy.[6]


A strong, safe mark, with lots of pace, and a long left-foot kick, Hart played at full-forward and at centre half-forward.

Fitzroy (VFL)

Hart played for Fitzroy over three seasons (1950, 1951, 1953); he played in 37 First XVIII games, scoring 44 goals, and in 20 Second XVII games (scoring 31 goals in 1953 alone).

He was unable to play for the 1952 season due to a knee injury that required a cartilage operation.[7]

Richmond (VFL)

Hart transferred to Richmond at the start of the 1954 season, playing in 5 First XVIII games, scoring 2 goals, and in 16 Second XVIII games, scoring 48 goals.

He played at centre half-forward, kicking one goal, in the Richmond Second XVIII team that beat Melbourne 10.20 (80) to 4.9 (33) in the 1954 Grand Final;[8] and, with a season tally of 48 goals, he was the leading goal-kicker in the VFL Seconds competition that year.

VFL Seconds

Playing for the VFL Seconds against the SAFL Seconds, in the curtain-raising match before the VFL/SAFL representative match on the MCG on 19 June 1954, Hart kicked seven goals.[9]

Brighton (VFA)

Unable to play at all during 1955 due to knee problems, he went to Brighton Football Club in the Victorian Football Association (VFA) in 1956.

Over three seasons (1956-1958) he played 55 senior games and kicked 143 goals.

Mornington (MPFL)

He played 96 games and kicked 462 goals in his five seasons (1958-1962) with the Mornington Football Club in the Mornington Peninsula Football League.[10]


He died on 8 February 2018.[11]



  • "Vale Max Cole and Donald Hart -". Retrieved 1 March 2018.
  • Hogan P: The Tigers Of Old, Richmond FC, (Melbourne), 1996. ISBN 0-646-18748-1
  • Holmesby, Russell; Main, Jim (2014). The Encyclopedia of AFL Footballers: every AFL/VFL player since 1897 (10th ed.). Seaford, Victoria: BAS Publishing. p. 370. ISBN 978-1-921496-32-5.
  • Ross, J. (ed), 100 Years of Australian Football 1897–1996: The Complete Story of the AFL, All the Big Stories, All the Great Pictures, All the Champions, Every AFL Season Reported, Viking, (Ringwood), 1996. ISBN 0-670-86814-0
  • The VFA Project: Hart, Don.
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