Full Name: HORRIE EDMONDS
Date of Birth: 23/12/1908
Height: 175 cm ( 5-9 )
Weight: 85 kg ( 13-5 )
Debut: 07/07/1934, Round 9 , Geelong
Last Game: 28/09/1935, Round PF, Collingwood
Total Games: 30
Total Goals: 20
Honours: Premiership 1934
Total Games: 1
Total Goals: 9
Horace had the nickname of “Tubby”. He was solidly built and played as a forward-pocket and half-forward. He was a fine mark and a very elusive type of player. He kicked 5 goals for Collingwood in their Grand Final defeat of Richmond in 1929, as a decoy full-forward. He later spent two years at Richmond and was a member of the 1934 Premiership side. He also played midweek football for the Post and Telegraph team. Horace finished his career with involvements at 13clubs over a 39-year period, which also included eight Premierships.
He served in the Army between 1941 and 1946 and contracted tuberculosis. After the war he had a successful career as a coach, particularly while coaching the Hawthorn Reserves team. Hawthorn had struggled to win for years in the seniors let alone fielding competitive Reserves sides. Horace moulded together a fine group of young players who went on to win the club’s first Premiership in VFL company, the 1958 Reserves’ Grand Final. They followed up with another victory in 1959 and were runners-up narrowly to Geelong in 1960.
Many of the players he coached in the Hawthorn Seconds later played in their 1961 Senior Premiership side. He also played two reserves games for Hawthorn as the age of 51 in 1959. Horace was a Customs Officer and died in 1975.
Middle Park CYMS 1923 ( Honours - Premiership 1923 ) ; Diamond Creek 1924-28 ( Honours - Premiership 1924, Leading Goalkicker Once Goals 78 ) ; Collingwood 1929-34, Games 79, Goals 122 ( Honours - Premiership 1929-30 ).
South Bendigo 1936, Games 19, Goals 39 ; Footscray Seniors 1937, Games 1, Goals 0 ; Footscray Reserves Captain/Coach 1937, Games 15, Goals 10 ; Sandringham 1938, Games 4, Goals 5 ; Brighton 1938, Games 2, Goals 2 ; Collingwood Reserves Captain/Coach 1939-41 ( Honours - Premiership 1940 ) ; Ivanhoe Amateurs Coach 1948-52 ; Hawthorn Reserves Coach 1952-60 ( Honours - Premiership 1958-59 ) ; Preston Senior Coach 1961-62.