Tom Calder

Tom Calder

Brilliant and dashing Coorparoo utility player, originally from Tasmania who had an extraordinary football career despite having just one kidney. Played with North Hobart in 1935, representing Southern Tasmania v Northern Tasmania, before heading to Brisbane, playing a handful of games in 1940 with Ascot, who temporarily replaced Mayne in the Queensland competition.

Served in the air force from 1939-45, playing football wherever and whenever possible. Played five AFL games for South Melbourne in 1945 before heading north again, playing with Mayne in 1946 before switching to Coorparoo. Super-fit in his later days, he represented Queensland in 1946-47-48-49-50-52-53, including 1948 as captain-coach, and won the Grogan Medal in 1948 and again in 1950 as a 32-year-old.

Later was assistant-secretary of the League and an administrator with Coorparoo.

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