John James (Australian rules footballer)

John James (18 January 1934 – 8 December 2010) was a leading Australian rules footballer in the Victorian Football League (VFL). He won the Brownlow Medal, the highest individual honour in the sport, in 1961.

John James
Personal information
Full name John James
Nickname(s) Johnny
Date of birth (1934-01-18)18 January 1934
Date of death 8 December 2010(2010-12-08) (aged 76)
Place of death Robinvale, Victoria
Original team(s) St Patrick's College
Height 175 cm (5 ft 9 in)
Weight 81 kg (179 lb)
Position(s) Half back flank
Playing career1
Years Club Games (Goals)
1953–1963 Carlton 195 (31)
Representative team honours
Years Team Games (Goals)
1955–1962 Victoria 15 (?)
1 Playing statistics correct to the end of 1963.
2 State and international statistics correct as of 1962.
Career highlights
Sources: AFL Tables,

Recruited from St. Patrick's College, Ballarat,[1] James played for the Carlton Football Club from 1953 to 1963, playing 195 games. He finished third in the 1957 Brownlow Medal count and won the award in 1961.[1] He won the Carlton Best and Fairest three times (in 1955, 1960 and 1961). James was named on the half-back flank in the Carlton Team of the Century.

In his debut season, James played off a half-forward flank and booted the terribly inaccurate figures of eight goals, 43 behinds. Throughout his career he played in a variety of positions, including the backline. After his retirement in 1963, he went to coach Robinvale.[1]

James died in Robinvale, Victoria, on 8 December 2010, following a stroke.[2]


  1. "Carlton great James passes away". ABC Online. Australian Broadcasting Corporation. 8 December 2010. Retrieved 8 December 2010.
  2. Timms, Daryl (8 December 2010). "Carlton says goodbye to John James". Herald Sun. Retrieved 8 December 2010.

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