Jim Craig (Australian footballer)

James "Jim" Craig (15 October 1900 – 23 November 1978) was an Australian rules footballer who played for the West Perth Football Club in the West Australian Football League (WAFL). He was the winner of the 1927 Sandover Medal as the "fairest and best" player in the league.

Jim Craig
Personal information
Full name James Craig
Nickname(s) Gibraltar
Date of birth (1900-10-15)15 October 1900
Place of birth Kalgoorlie, Western Australia
Date of death 23 November 1978(1978-11-23) (aged 68)
Place of death Embleton, Western Australia
Position(s) Centre half-back
Playing career
Years Club Games (Goals)
1918–31 West Perth 203 (57)
Representative team honours
Years Team Games (Goals)
1924–29 Western Australia 18 (2)
Career highlights
Source: AustralianFootball.com


Born in Kalgoorlie, Western Australia,[1] he began playing with West Perth in 1918.

He made his debut for Western Australia at the 1924 Australasian Football Carnival, held in Hobart. Craig also played in the 1927 carnival held in Melbourne, in total playing in 18 interstate and carnival matches for the state.

With seven votes, Craig was the winner of the 1927 Sandover Medal, retiring a couple of years later after playing 216 games for West Perth.[2] Craig had captained the club during part of the 1928 season and the entire 1930 season.

He died in Embleton in 1978.[1]

In 2000, he was included as an interchange player in West Perth's Team of the Century.[3]

See also


  1. West Australian Football Hall of Fame members – West Australian Football Commission. Retrieved 20 May 2012.
  2. Jim Craig (West Perth) – FullPointsFooty. Retrieved 4 February 2012.
  3. West Perth – Official 'Team of the Century' – FullPointsFooty. Retrieved 4 February 2012.
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