Full Name: DES MARTIN
Date of Birth: 02/08/1913
Height: 170 cm ( 5-7 )
Weight: 73 kg ( 11-7 )
Debut: 01/08/1942, Round 13, Melbourne
Last Game: 19/09/1942, Round GF, Essendon
Total Games: 5
Total Goals: 5
Total Games: 32
Total Goals: 14
Honours: Captain/Coach Reserves 1942-43.
Des was a rover and forward-pocket. He originally played football with Sale before moving to Frankston. He then spent a season and a half with South Melbourne, before crossing to Richmond in 1942 He was captain/coach of the Richmond Reserves in 1942-43 and a member of the senior Grand Final side in 1942. After leaving Richmond he coached in the country before returning to Melbourne to coach the juniors at Oakleigh Districts. During his time there, he tutored several senior VFL and VFA players, and later became involved with the Richmond Former Players and Officials where he served as President for many years. His work was rewarded with Life Membership in 1983.
He was a fine all-round sportsman who also won the Gippsland Bantamweight Boxing Title, in 1933, as well as the Gippsland 25-mile cycling race. He served in the A.I.F during the Second World War where he saw active service in New Guinea. Des died in 1986.
Sale Rovers 1931-32 ( Honours - Premiership Two ) ; Sale 1933-35 ( Honours - Premiership 1934 ) ; Frankston 1936-40 ; South Melbourne 1941-42, Games 10, Goals 6.
Berrigan Captain/Coach 1945-46, 1948-49 ( Honours - Best & Fairest 1946, Leading Goalkicker 1946 ) ; Minyip Captain/Coach 1947, Games 18, Goals 34 ; Watchem Captain/Coach 1950-52 ; Oakleigh U/19 Coach 1953-54 ; Oakleigh Districts U/19 Coach 1955-56 ( Honours - Premiership 1953-54 ).