Premiership winning player and coach Vic Belcher is set be inducted into the Tasmanian Football Hall of Fame at the upcoming Gala Dinner at Wrest Point on the 23rd of June, 2018.
Born near Launceston in 1888, Vic Belcher grew up in the Derwent Valley region near Hobart before moving to Melbourne as a teenager – beginning his senior playing career in 1905 alongside older brother Allan at VFA club Brunswick.
After impressing immediately, Belcher joined South Melbourne in 1907 at the approach of club secretary Bert Howson, and for the next 14 years Belcher established himself as one of the VFL’s premier ruckmen. Renowned for his ability to tirelessly ruck all day, Belcher’s approach was tenacious and workmanlike rather than stylish and graceful.
Belcher became South Melbourne/Sydney’s only dual premiership player until 2012 after playing in the premiership sides of 1909 and then 1918; the latter seen by many as possibly his finest hour: in a very tight match, Belcher’s untiring efforts were seen as the difference between South Melbourne and Collingwood in the Grand Final.
An outstanding leader, Belcher was appointed South Melbourne captain and coach from 1914-17; in this capacity, Belcher made history during the 1912 finals series, when he and Allan became the first brothers to captain opposing VFL teams.
Departing South Melbourne in 1920 after 226 games, Belcher spent a season as a VFL boundary umpire before resuming his coaching career with Fitzroy for three seasons,winning the 1922 premiership in his first year at the helm.
An inaugural Australian Football Hall of Fame inductee, and a member of the South Melbourne/Sydney Team of the Century, Vic Belcher passed away in 1977, aged 88.
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Brunswick/South Melbourne/Fitzroy/City, Defender/Ruckman, 1905-28
Around 20 games for Brunswick (VFA), 1905-06
226 games, 62 goals for South Melbourne, 1907-20; captain 1913-17, 1920
8 games for City, 1925 (Captain)
South Melbourne VFL premierships 1909, 1918
Represented Victoria vs South Australia, 1919 (Two Games – Captain on both occasions)
5 games for the NTFA, 1925 (All as Captain)
South Melbourne coach, 1914-17 (53 Games: 31 Wins, 21 Losses, 1 Draw)
Fitzroy coach 1922-24; 1926-27 (93 Games: 49 Wins, 42 Losses, 2 Draws)
City coach (NTFA), 1925 (12 Games: 4 Wins, 8 Losses)
Brunswick coach (VFA), 1932 (20 Games: 9 Wins, 10 Losses, 1 Draw)
Fitzroy VFL premiership coach, 1922
17 games, VFL Boundary Umpire (1921, 1930)
South Melbourne/Sydney Team of the Century (Back Pocket)
Inaugural Australian Football Hall of Fame Inductee (1996)