Jervis Stokes

Jervis Arthur Stokes (21 September 1927 - 30 April 2016)[1] was an Australian rules footballer who played with Richmond in the Victorian Football League (VFL).

Jervis Stokes
Personal information
Full name Jervis Arthur Stokes
Date of birth (1927-09-21)21 September 1927
Date of death 30 April 2016(2016-04-30) (aged 88)
Original team(s) Burnie
Height 180 cm (5 ft 11 in)
Weight 78 kg (172 lb)
Playing career1
Years Club Games (Goals)
1948–50 Richmond 33 (32)
1 Playing statistics correct to the end of 1964.
Sources: AFL Tables,

Early career

Stokes, a centreman and half forward, played originally for Burnie.[2][3] He represented Tasmania at the 1947 Hobart Carnival.[4]


In 1948, Stokes joined the Richmond Football Club, where his brother Ray played.[2][5] It was his injured brother's spot that Jervis took to make his league debut in round seven, against Hawthorn.[6] He made a total of 11 appearances that year, then eight in the 1949 VFL season, followed by 14 in 1950.[7]

Post VFL career

Stokes went to Moorabbin as captain-coach in 1951, for the club's inaugural season in the Victorian Football Association (VFA).[8][9] Moorabbin won only three of their 20 games in 1951, finishing only higher on the ladder than the other new club Box Hill.[10]

From 1952 to 1954, Stokes was playing coach of Northern Tasmanian Football Association (NTFA) club Scottsdale.[11][12] In his first season, Stokes guided Scottsdale to the grand final, which they lost to City by 20 points.[13] It was the first time Scottsdale had made an NTFA grand final.[14]

He coached Moe to a premiership in the 1956 Latrobe Valley Football League season, just two years after the club had finished a season winless.[15]

After four years with Moe, Stokes coached Trafalgar, but later returned to Tasmania and in 1964 was non playing coach of Devonport.[16][17]


  1. "Jervis Stokes Obituary - Devonport, Tasmania". Retrieved 28 February 2017.
  2. "Highlights In Week-End Sport". The Argus. Melbourne: National Library of Australia. 1 March 1948. p. 12. Retrieved 21 March 2014.
  3. "AFL Players from Burnie Dockers". Burnie Dockers. Archived from the original on 11 February 2013.
  4. "Football Carnival Arrival Of Teams Delayed". The Advocate (Burnie). Tas. 30 July 1947. p. 5. Retrieved 21 March 2014.
  5. Holmesby, Russell; Main, Jim (2007). The Encyclopedia Of AFL Footballers. BAS Publishing. ISBN 9781920910785.
  6. "Drastic Changes Made At Collingwood". The Argus. Melbourne. 28 May 1948. p. 12. Retrieved 21 March 2014.
  7. "Jervis Stokes". AFL Tables.
  8. "Stokes New Coach?". The Argus. Melbourne: National Library of Australia. 7 February 1951. p. 17. Retrieved 21 March 2014.
  9. "Stokes To Coach Moorabbin". The Argus. Melbourne. 9 February 1951. p. 12. Retrieved 21 March 2014.
  10. "Sandringham win easily in semi-final test". The Argus. Melbourne. 10 September 1951. p. 10. Retrieved 21 March 2014.
  11. "Stokes Succeeds Chitty". The Mercury (Hobart). Tas. 29 November 1951. p. 28. Retrieved 21 March 2014.
  12. "Launceston Favoured To Beat Scottsdale". The Mercury (Hobart). Tas. 27 August 1954. p. 21. Retrieved 21 March 2014.
  13. "City Survives Strong Bid By Scottsdale To Win NTFA Title". Examiner (Launceston). 29 September 1952. p. 12. Retrieved 21 March 2014.
  14. "Half-Back Discusses Key Men In NTFA Grand Final". The Examiner. Launceston, Tasmania. 26 September 1952. p. 9. Retrieved 21 March 2014.
  15. "Moe" (PDF). News Limited. (PDF)
  16. "Seniors". SportingPulse.
  17. Lyons, Peter (3 July 2008). "Tales of a tiger of a time" (PDF). Devonport Times. p. 7. Archived from the original (PDF) on 6 April 2011. Retrieved 16 July 2014.
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