Tom Heaney

Date of Birth: 02/04/1888
Height: 178 cm ( 5-10 )
Weight: 86 kg ( 13-8 )
Guernsey: 6/14
Debut: 02/05/1908, Round 1, Melbourne
Last Game: 26/04/1913, Round 1, Geelong

Seasons: 1908-13
Total Games: 56
Total Goals: 37


Thomas was a centre-half-forward. He was considered the finest player of his time in that position. He had pace, was a fine drop kick. He read the play well and was dangerous near goal.

His debut season of 1908 was interrupted by pneumonia and pleurisy, which left him in a 'critical condition'. He was sidelined for 9 rounds.

In late August 1909, Herbert Hill and his teammate Tom Heaney are expelled from Richmond. Heaney was disqualified for playing for the country team Riddell instead of Richmond in Round 16 , and Hill was disqualified for collusion in the matter.

His highest individual goal tally with Richmond was 6 against Fitzroy in 1910 and he was vice captain in 1912. He orginially played with Richmond in the VFA and later moved to Fitzroy where he was a member of their 1913 and 1916 Premiership sides. He also won Fitzroy’s Goalkicking award in 1916 and was once credited with kicking a place kick 71.32 metres or 78 yards for Fitzroy against Carlton in the 1915 preliminary final. A controversial character whose temperament led to several clashes with club officials, he died in 1928 at the age of 40.


Richmond VFA 1906-07.

Fitzroy 1913-17, 1919-21, Games 98, Goals 95 ( Premiership 1913, 1916, Leading Goalkicker 1916 Goals 27 )
Port Melbourne 1922, Games 64, Goals 4.
Devonport Football Club (coach) 1923

vs Sth Adelaide at Punt Road 1906

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