Jack Baggott

John Henry "Jack" Baggott (20 July 1906 – 2 June 1995) was an Australian rules footballer who played and coached in the Victorian Football League (VFL) between 1927 and 1940 for the Richmond Football Club, Essendon Football Club, and South Melbourne Football Club.

Jack Baggott
Personal information
Full name John Henry Baggott
Date of birth 20 July 1906
Place of birth South Africa
Date of death 2 June 1995(1995-06-02) (aged 88)[1]
Original team(s) Northcote/Dimboola
Height 182 cm (6 ft 0 in)
Weight 75.5 kg (166 lb)
Playing career1
Years Club Games (Goals)
1927–1935 Richmond 128 (140)
1936–1937 Essendon 019 00(0)
Total 147 (140)
Coaching career
Years Club Games (W–L–D)
1936–1939 Essendon 60 (22–38–0)
1940 South Melbourne 18 0(7–11–0)
Total 78 (29–49–0)
1 Playing statistics correct to the end of 1937.
Career highlights
  • Richmond premiership player: 1932, 1934
  • Richmond leading goalkicker: 1927, 1928
  • Interstate games: 4
  • Essendon captain-coach: 1936–1937
  • Richmond Life Member: 1960
  • Richmond Hall of Fame: 2019
Sources: AFL Tables, AustralianFootball.com

Career in football

Baggott represented the Richmond Football Club between 1927 and 1935. He was Richmond's leading goal kicker in his debut year of 1927 with 37 goals, and again in 1928 with 61 goals. In Round 9 of the 1928 season he kicked a then club record 12 goals against South Melbourne, the first Richmond player to ever hit double figures in goal-kicking in a game. He placed third in the League's best and fairest award, the Brownlow Medal in that same year, and was also named in the Victorian state representative team in both 1928 and 1929. Baggot represented the club in several Grand Finals, including the 1932 and 1934 Premiership teams. By that stage Baggott was playing as an attacking half-back flanker, and was named in Richmond's best in both these Grand Final victories.[2]

At the end of 1935 Baggott left Richmond to take on the role of captain-coach of the rival Essendon Football Club, starting in the 1936 season. He wound up his playing career during the 1937 season, at which point he handed over the captaincy to Keith Forbes, but continued coaching Essendon for several more seasons. An ongoing lack of success saw him replaced by legendary Essendon player and coach Dick Reynolds six games into the 1939 season. Baggott was then appointed as senior coach of the South Melbourne Football Club in 1940, but again achieved little success in with the Swans and was replaced at the end of that season.

Baggott later returned to Richmond and played a key role in forming the club's 'Former Players and Officials’ Association'. In 1960 he was made a life member of the Richmond Football Club. In 2019 Baggott was posthumously inducted into the Richmond 'Hall of Fame', with the award being accepted on his behalf by his nephew.[2]

Personal life

Baggott was born in Pietermaritzburg, Natal (now South Africa) of Australian parents. The family returned to Australia while Baggott was a young boy.

He was the older brother of Ron Baggott who played for the Melbourne Football Club.

See also


  1. Past Player Profiles: Baggott, Jack H. Archived 6 July 2015 at the Wayback Machine at the Essendon Football Club website
  2. Greenberg, Tony (15 March 2019). "Jack Baggott inducted into Hall of Fame". RFC Official Site. Australian Football League. Retrieved 9 June 2019.


  • Hogan P: The Tigers Of Old, Richmond FC, Melbourne 1996
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