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.

JACK DEAN STEPS DOWN – more pics

Society Committee member for five years, Jack Dean, has finally decided to hang up his football boots.

He joined the committee in 2006 prior to the establishment of the group formalising its Society status and incorporation.

He was invaluable for his knowledge of specific eras of Sydney football from the mid forties through to the 1980s.  Jack is 83 years of age and his bio in Sydney football is almost unique:

Born in Sydney and due to his father’s influence (Joe Dean who also played for Easts) he joined the Eastern Suburbs Football Club at the age of 16.  An easy decision seeing the family lived next door to Trumper Park.

Jack was chosen to play for NSW at 17 then became a driving force as a ruckman at Eastern Suburbs and went on to represent NSW on 25 occasions. He played in Easts premiership teams between 1953-58, coached Ardlethan FC in the Riverina for 1959-60 seasons before returning to coach Eastern Suburbs in 1961.

 

In 1962 Jack crossed to neighbouring club, Sydney Naval and played there until he retired from football in 1966.

He won 4 Best & Fairest and 4 Runner Up Awards with Easts and in 1958 won the Div. II Carnival Best & Fairest Trophy representing NSW in the Centenary football carnival in Melbourne. Later, he became a NSW State Selector for 12 years.

 

Jack was President of Easts from 1970-82 during which the club won 6 premierships. He received the ANFC Merit Award for Service to Australian Football in 1977. Jack was also involved with Easts Juniors as a coach and Junior State Selector for the NSW Under 15 (Shell Cup) and Manager on several Shell Cup Interstate trips.

 

In a playing career spanning over 20 years, Jack played 310 games for Easts, 45 for Sydney Naval, 40 for Ardlethan as well as 25 for NSW. He also won Best & Fairest Awards for NSW against Western Australia, Queensland and ACT during his career.

He even had a booklet of his playing football photographs and newspaper articles published in his honour.

Jack’s knowledge of those past players in Sydney was invaluable when it came to nominations for the Sydney Football Hall of Fame and he himself was an almost automatic selection to the post in its first year.

His presence will be sorely missed and sited his inability to again stand for election on the Society’s move to the Western Suburbs Club at Croydon Park.  At Jack’s age, the trip to and from the venue posed a real issue and he decided not to test fate, particularly after he has spent several bouts in hospital in recent years.

The Society is indebted to Jack for his involvement and has invited him to continue his relationship with those on the Board.  In return Jack has donated a number of items of his memorabilia of Sydney football which include several from former East’s coach and mentor, Alf Penno.

The top photo is a recent one of Jack sporting one of the new Society polo shirts which are now available for purchase.