Tom Outridge Sr.

Thomas "Tom" Outridge (20 September 1898 – 27 September 1973) was an Australian rules football player and administrator. Originally from Ballarat, Victoria, he played 217 games for Perth and Subiaco in the West Australian Football League (WAFL), and also represented Western Australia in 27 interstate matches, captaining the side at the 1930 Australian National Football Carnival. Outridge was also the winner of the inaugural Sandover Medal, in 1921. After his retirement, he served as secretary and later president of the Subiaco Football Club, and also as a commentator. In 2004, Outridge was inducted into the West Australian Football Hall of Fame.

Tom Outridge
Personal information
Full name Thomas Outridge
Date of birth (1898-09-20)20 September 1898
Place of birth Ballarat East, Victoria
Date of death 27 September 1973(1973-09-27) (aged 75)
Place of death Perth, Western Australia
Original team(s) Coolgardie H-Company Cadets (GCA)
Height 6 ft 0.5 in (184 cm)[1]
Weight 190 lb (86 kg)[1]
Position(s) Ruckman
Playing career1
Years Club Games (Goals)
unknown Mines Rovers unknown
1916–18 Perth 33 (unknown)
1919–31 Subiaco 168 (unknown)
Representative team honours
Years Team Games (Goals)
1921–30 Western Australia 27 (30)
1 Playing statistics correct to the end of 1931.
Career highlights

Football career

Outridge was born in Ballarat East, Victoria, to Henry Joseph and Hannah Elizabeth (née Rutherford) Outridge.[2] His father had played for both Ballarat Imperials and South Ballarat in the Ballarat Football League, captaining the latter side.[3] He and his family moved to Eastern Goldfields of Western Australia in 1903,[4] living first in Coolgardie, and then in Kunanalling, where his father opened a mine, the Shamrock.

Outridge began playing football for the Coolgardie H-Company Cadets in the Goldfields Cadets Association. In 1914, he progressed to the Mines Rovers Football Club in the senior Goldfields Football League (GFL), and played in the club's 1915 premiership win over Boulder City.[5] After two seasons playing in Coolgardie, he was recruited by the Perth Football Club in the West Australian Football League (WAFL) in Perth. In 1919, after three seasons and 33 games with the club, Outridge received a transfer to Subiaco at the urging of Eddie du Feu, a Subiaco player.[1]

Playing mainly as a ruckman, Outridge excelled with Subiaco. He served as captain of the club in 1920, and the following season won both Subiaco's best and fairest award and the inaugural Sandover Medal, awarded to the best player in the WAFL.[6] He had tied for the Sandover Medal with Cyril Hoft of Perth, but was awarded the medal on the casting votes of the league's president. Outridge made his debut for Western Australia at the 1921 Australasian Football Carnival, held in Perth, and was widely considered one of Western Australia's best players at the tournament. Outridge went on to represent Western Australia in three more carnivals: the 1924 Australian Football Carnival held in Hobart, the 1927 Australian Football Carnival held in Melbourne, and the 1930 Australian National Football Carnival held in Adelaide. Overall, Outridge played 27 games for Western Australia, in carnival and interstate matches, kicking 30 goals.[7]

In 1930, Outridge was chosen as captain for the 1930 Australian National Football Carnival held in Adelaide. The West Australian reported: "the fact that he was chosen in that capacity after such a long career as a follower was tribute to his ability, and he proved in Adelaide that he could rise to the occasion".[8] Outridge badly injured a leg in a match against Victoria, and was unable to play again in the carnival.[9] In April 1931, it was reported that Outridge had decided to retire,[10] however, he returned to play several games for Subiaco in June.[11] While not playing in the senior team, Outridge represented the Subiaco side in the West Australian National Football Association (WANFA), which acted as a second-tier competition for the WANFL. A bout of appendicitis in October of the same year forced Outridge to miss the 1931 WANFA Grand Final,[12] in which Subiaco defeated Midland-Guildford by 25 points.[13]

Post-playing career

After his retirement from playing, Outridge was employed by Alfred Sandover's sporting goods company, Harris, Scarfe and Sandover's, along with Allan Evans, whom he had previously played with at Perth. Outridge also served as a commentator for WANFL matches on the radio, as well occupying the roles of secretary (from 1935 to 1940) and later president (in the 1941 season) of the Subiaco Football Club.[14][15][16] He was made a life member of the club in 1935, and a life member of the league in 1956.[17] In 1944, Outridge served as a goal umpire for a football match between two Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF) units at Kalgoorlie.[18] He later bought a hotel in Bunbury, which he worked at until his retirement.[19] Outridge died in 1973 in Perth.


The Tom Outridge Medal is awarded each season to the Subiaco Football Club's best and fairest player.[20]

A street in Subiaco, Outridge Crescent, is named after him.[21]

In 2004, Cazaly Resources, an Australian gold exploration company, named a discovery near Kunanalling "Outridge Prospect" after him.[22]

One of his sons, Thomas Michael Outridge Jr., played cricket for Western Australia.[23]

He was posthumously inducted into the West Australian Football Hall of Fame in 2004,[24] and was named in a forward pocket in Subiaco's Team of the Century in 2008.[25]

See also


  1. THE HONOUR LISTThe Western Mail. Published Thursday, 4 July 1929. Retrieved from Trove, 25 January 2012.
  2. Thomas Outridge – Mundia. Retrieved 24 January 2012.
  3. "STATE'S GREATEST FOLLOWER: Tom Outridge's Rise to Stardom"The Daily News. Published 24 June 1932. Retrieved 1 March 2013.
  4. Henry Joseph Outridge – Mundia. Retrieved 25 January 2012.
  5. THE PREMIERSHIPWestern Argus. Published Tuesday, 31 August 1915. Retrieved 29 January 2012.
  6. People in passingThe Sunday Times. Published Sunday, 16 October 1921. Retrieved 29 January 2012.
  7. Tom Outridge (Perth & Subiaco) – FullPointsFooty. Retrieved 29 January 2012.
  8. CARNIVAL CAPTAINSThe West Australian. Published Tuesday, 11 July 1933. Retrieved 29 January 2012.
  9. OUTRIDGE SEVERELY INJUREDThe Mail. Published Saturday, 2 August 1930. Retrieved 29 January 2012.
  10. SEASON'S PROSPECTSThe West Australian. Published Wednesday, 29 April 1931. Retrieved 29 January 2012.
  11. Probable Reappearance of Outridge.The West Australian. Published Wednesday, 17 June 1931. Retrieved 29 January 2012.
  12. Outridge in HospitalThe West Australian. Published Monday, 26 October 1931. Retrieved 29 January 2012.
  13. ASSOCIATION PREMIERSHIPThe West Australian. Published Monday, 26 October 1931. Retrieved 29 January 2012.
  14. Past Club Staff – Subiaco Football Club. Retrieved 29 January 2012.
  15. Subiaco's New President] – The West Australian. Published Thursday, 20 November 1941. Retrieved 25 January 2012.
  16. Past Club Staff – Retrieved 29 January 2012.
  17. SFC Honour Roll – Subiaco Football Club. Retrieved 29 January 2012.
  18. RAAF FootballThe Sunday Times. Published Sunday, 25 June 1944. Retrieved 29 January 2012.
  19. Outridge Decides To RetireThe West Australian. Published Wednesday, 25 November 1953. Retrieved 29 January 2012.
  20. Horsley wins 2011 Outridge Medal – Retrieved 28 January 2012.
  21. CITY OF SUBIACO STREET NAMES – City of Subiaco, p. 43. Retrieved from DocStoc, 24 January 2012.
  22. New gold discovery, Kunanalling project – Cazaly Resources. Retrieved 24 January 2012.
  23. Thomas Outridge player profile – ESPNCricinfo. Retrieved 25 January 2012.
  24. Hall of Fame – Retrieved 29 January 2012.
  25. Official 'Team of the Century' – Full Points Footy. Retrieved 29 January 2012.
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