John Tilbrook

John Tilbrook (born 10 June 1946) is a former Australian rules footballer who played with Sturt in the SANFL in 5 successive Premiership teams 1966 through 1970 inclusive. He transferred to Melbourne in the Victorian Football League (VFL) for the 1971 season, but didn't receive clearance to play until round 12.[1] After an attempt to convert to gridiron in 1974, plus run of poor form and stints in the reserves, he left Melbourne after the 1975 season.[2] Known as Diamond Jim due to the significant transfer fee from Sturt to Melbourne at the time, he was affectionately called Topaz Tilly by Lou Richards.

John Tilbrook
Personal information
Date of birth (1946-06-10) 10 June 1946
Original team(s) Sturt
Height 184 cm (6 ft 0 in)
Weight 94 kg (207 lb)
Playing career1
Years Club Games (Goals)
1971–75 Melbourne 53 (59)
1 Playing statistics correct to the end of 1975.
Sources: AFL Tables,


  1. Holmesby, Russell; Main, Jim (2009). The Encyclopedia of AFL Footballers: every AFL/VFL player since 1897 (8th ed.). Seaford, Victoria: BAS Publishing. p. 829. ISBN 978-1-921496-00-4.
  2. "John Tilbrook". Demonwiki. Retrieved 27 January 2016.

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