Jack Dean Passes 2

1958 Jack Dean smallSydney Hall of Fame member and just about a legend in Sydney, if not NSW football, Jack Dean, passed away this week he was 87.

He had an active involvement in Sydney football between 1944-1982.

Born in Sydney and due to his father’s influence (Joe Dean who also played for Easts) he joined Eastern Suburbs Football Club aged 16.

He didn’t play many junior games but almost straight into the seconds then after a short apprenticeship he was elevated to the seniors where he stayed for many years.

He was chosen to play for NSW as a 17 year old and went on to become a driving force as a ruckman for Eastern Suburbs, representing NSW on 25 occasions.

He played in the Eastern Suburbs Club’s record breaking premierships 1953-58 and then moved to Ardlethan in the Riverina where he coached for the 1959 & 1960 season.  He returned to coach Eastern Suburbs in 1961.

The following year Jack crossed to the Sydney Naval Club, which also used Trumper Park as its home ground and played there until he retired in 1966.

He won four Best & Fairest awards with the Bulldogs as well was runner up four times at Easts.

In 1958 he won the Best & Fairest trophy for Division II representing NSW in the Centenary Carnival in Melbourne.

Jack was president of Easts from 1970-82, when the club won six premierships.

He received the ANFC Merit Award for Service to Australian Football in 1977.

He was a junior state coach and selector and also selector in the senior division, including the period of Alan Jean’s involvement.

In a playing career spanning 22 years, Jack played 420 senior games.

Later in life Jack joined the NSW Football History Committee which eventually morphed into what it has become today, the Football History Society.1961 - Jack Dean marking over John McKenzie (Newt.) thumbnail

Travel to new rooms at the Western Suburbs Club precluded him for continuous involvement however he maintained his membership and was a strong supporter of the organisation encouraging many of his football friends and his family to join.

He looked forward to receiving our publications and getting along to the annual Christmas gathering, where possible.  This year Jack attended the launch of the Society’s book on the impact WWI had on Sydney football.

The football world is a poorer place because of his demise but his contribution has and will continue to be immortalised in Sydney football.