Along with the 10 statues in the Tattersall’s Parade of Champions outside the stadium, many of sport’s biggest names and dedicated club administrators have been honoured with their name adorning a stand, room or bar at the MCG. Let’s meet a few of them…
Born: 1867, Died: 1938
A right-hand batsman and right-arm off-break medium bowler who played 32 Tests for Australia, Hugh Trumble became the first man to take two Test hat tricks, achieving both feats on his home ground at the MCG, and both against England in 1901-02, and 1903-04.
He took the second of his hat tricks in his final Test match, helping to bowl England to defeat with figures of 7-28.
He was named Wisden Cricketer of the Year in 1897. After he retired from playing, Trumble was secretary of the Melbourne Cricket Club from 1911 to his death in 1938.
Hans Ebeling MBE
Born: 1905, Died: 1980
As a promising 16-year-old cricketer, Hans Ebeling was awarded an "Exhibitioner's Ticket" (two years' honorary membership of the MCC) in 1921 to commence a 59-year association with the club as player and honorary administrator/official. When elected to the presidency, he had been a committeeman for 45 years (1934-79), including 24 years as a vice-president.
Tragically, Hans died aged 75 within his first year of office as MCC president. However, Honorary Life Member (1959) Ebeling had long since left his imprimatur on club activities as a fine cricketer at club and first class levels, chairman of the MCC Bowls Section (1963-75) and a dominant figure in the conception and staging of the Centenary Test on the MCG in March 1977.
The career highlight of fast-medium bowler and lower order batsman Ebeling was his selection for the 1934 Ashes-winning Australian tour to England. He performed creditably in his only Test, the fifth and deciding Test at The Oval, claiming the great Walter Hammond as the first of his three wickets and scoring a valuable 41 batting at number ten in Australia's second innings.
For Victoria (1923-38) he captured 117 wickets at 31.17. He led Victoria (1934-38) to two Sheffield Shield wins in four seasons and as skipper (1932-39) guided MCC to five VCA premierships. He won the club's bowling average seven times, enjoying his best season in 1932-33 with 62 wickets at 12.01.
Perpetuating the memory of one of the MCC's greatest contributors as player and administrator, the Hans Ebeling Award was introduced in 1981 to honour those who have given outstanding service to our Sporting Sections.
Born: 1911, Died: 2004
Named a life member of the Melbourne Cricket Club in 1987, Percy Beames was an outstanding sportsman who represented the MCC and Victoria at both cricket and football. Percy has established a unique cricket/football record in that he is the only member of the VFL and VCA ‘200 club’ with 213 league games and 205 state and district cricket matches. Many sportsmen have appeared in more games at either sport, but none has combined the two so effectively.
His football career lasted from 1931 to 1944, during which time he played 213 games and was listed in the best players on 132 occasions. Throughout his career he was never dropped, and only missed matches through injury. He was Captain/Coach of Melbourne from 1942 to 1944, and member of premiership teams in 1939-1941. Percy was an interstate representative in 1932, 1934, 1935, 1937 and 1938 and a foundation member of the AFL Hall of Fame. He was chosen as a member of the Melbourne Football Club's "Team of the Century" and was made an MFC life member. He had been the first Melbourne player to play 200 games.
Percy played cricket for MCC from 1931-32 to 1946-47 including four premiership teams. Averaging 47.44 with the bat, he scored 7638 runs for the club, the fourth highest after Warren Ayres, Warwick Armstrong and Vernon Ransford.
Overall Percy played 18 matches for Victoria and 182 First XI district matches for Melbourne. He captained Victoria in 1945-46 season and was captain of the MCC from 1940-41. His first class batting statistics are 1186 runs at an average of 51.56. He scored three first-class centuries for Victoria.
In 1946 Percy became sportswriter for The Age, a career that lasted over 30 years. Highly respected, his articles were thoughtful and reliable, mirroring his considerable experience and sound judgement.
Frank Grey Smith
The Melbourne Football Club was struggling financially when it was rescued by the far-sighted policies of the president of the Melbourne Cricket Club at the end of the nineteenth century, Frank Grey Smith, who was instrumental in restoring the viability of the MFC at a time when it might otherwise have become defunct.
Grey Smith, who was president of the MCC from 1886 to 1900, was also instrumental in leading the MCC into a very constructive presence in a number of other sports besides cricket and football, including cycling and tennis. In many ways he shaped the dynamic modern outlook which so characterises the history of the Melbourne Cricket Club in our own time.
In 1906, the Grey Smith stand was erected at the MCG in honour of his contribution to the club and ground over many years. The Grey Smith stand was demolished in 1966 to make way for the construction of the Ponsford Stand.
Born: 1966, Died: 2012
Born in Dublin, Jim Stynes was brought from Ireland to Australia as part of a Ron Barassi-inspired experiment in the mid 1980’s to recruit Irish footballers for the Melbourne Football Club. Stynes played his first senior game in 1987 and retired 264 games later at the end on 1998. He has been described as “Australia’s most successful sporting experiment.”
His football honours include winning the 1991 Brownlow medal; Melbourne Football Club Best and Fairest in 1991, 1995, 1996 & 1997 equalling the club record. Jim Stynes most extraordinary performance was to play an AFL record breaking 244 consecutive games between round 17 in 1987 and round 4 in 1998 when his hand was broken, a tribute to his guts, determination and commitment to fair play.
Despite his outstanding sports’ record, Stynes is equally famous for his work with children. Together with actor friend Paul Currie, Jim set up the Melbourne-based Reach Youth in 1994, a non-profit non-denominational organisation dedicated to inspiring young people from all walks of life between 8 -18 years.
In recognition of his hard work and contribution to the wider community, Jim Stynes was named Victorian of the Year in 2003, not long after being inducted into the AFL Hall of Fame that same year.
Stynes also served as president of the Melbourne Football Club from 2008 until February 2012 and was instrumental in bringing the club out of debt.
Sadly, at the age of 45, Stynes lost his battle with cancer and was honoured by a state funeral.
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Dean Jones played a significant part in the revival of Australian cricket fortunes in the mid-1980s and revolutionised the limited overs format of the game.
A dashing strokemaker and natural showman, ‘Deano’ was a fan favourite; his frenetic running between wickets and attacking fielding combined with a sound batting technique and aggressive attitude to make him a compelling force in both Test and one-day cricket.
A proud member of the Melbourne Cricket Club, for whom he played in three First XI premierships and remains the club’s most capped Test player, he played 52 Test matches and averaged more than 46; he also remains in the top 10 on Australia’s all-time limited overs runscorers list.
He will be forever remembered for his monumental innings of 210 in the tied Test at Madras in 1986, after which he ended up in hospital. It was said at the time to rank among the greatest innings ever played for Australia. He also played a major role in Australia’s momentous wins in the 1987 World Cup and 1989 Ashes series.
One of just five Victorians to have played more than 100 Sheffield Shield/Pura Cup matches and the highest run scorer for his state in that competition, he wore the Victorian colours with pride and passion for 18 seasons, including a stint as captain. He remains devoted to the game and upon retirement became a part-time specialist coach and forthright commentator.
H.C.A.(Henry Colden Antill) Harrison
Born: 1836, Died: 1929
A former Australian Rules player and administrator, H.C.A. Harrison is most famous for his role as chairman of the Rules Committee which redrafted the laws of the game in 1866. These rule changes are the cornerstone of Australian Rules football as we know it today.
He captained Richmond in 1860, Melbourne in 1861 and Geelong in 1862 before returning to Melbourne where he was club captain until he retired as a player in 1872. In 1869 he led Melbourne FC against the Victoria Police Force team in the first match allowed on the MCG. A former president of the Melbourne Football Club and life member of the Victorian Football Association (VFA).
Sir Albert Chadwick
Born: 1897 Died: 1983
Sir Albert Chadwick was a great all-rounder, combining business, sporting, community and family interests in fine balance.
A tough centre half-back / ruckman who ran hard and straight, he played 141 games for Melbourne Football Club between 1920 and 1928 before defecting to Hawthorn where he captain-coached Hawthorn for one year in 1929. Chadwick was Melbourne Football Club’s first premiership captain-coach in 1926 and played representative games for Victoria, as well as twice finishing runner-up in the Brownlow medal.
As OTC chairman, he piloted Australia into a revolutionary era of communications when satellites were several pipedreams beyond public comprehension. He also master-minded the introduction of natural gas into Victorian homes as head of the Gas and Fuel Corporation.
President of the Melbourne Cricket Club for 14 years from 1965, Chadwick served on the committee of the MCC from 1941 to until his retirement in 1979. He was named on the interchange bench in Melbourne’s Team of the Century and inducted into the AFL Hall of Fame in 1996.
Chadwick also served as chairman of the Melbourne Football Club between 1949 and 1962, and it is no mere coincidence that the team enjoyed its greatest success during his term of office. For 11 years he represented Melbourne as a delegate to the VFL, earning him life memberships from both the club and the league.
He was awarded MCC life membership in 1959. At that stage, his most notable contribution to the club, the MCG and Australian sport was his chairmanship of the building sub-committee from 1954. This group was responsible for construction of the Northern stand and extensive renovation of the arena for the 1956 Olympic Games.
Sir Bernard Callinan, AC, CBE, DSO, MC
Sir Bernard Callinan joined the MCC committee in 1966 and served as president from 1980 to 1985. He fought to retain the VFL grand final at the MCG and defended stoutly the rights of members to retain occupancy of the Reserve, when both of these issues were very publicly debated. He was also instrumental in assisting Congress organisers with planning the Eucharistic Congress held at the MCG in 1973.
Callinan was an outstanding soldier in World War II, serving in the Commandoes in Timor, and later commanding 58/32 Australian Infantry Battalion. He was awarded the DSO and MC for outstanding leadership and gallantry.
He held many positions in the commercial field, including director CSR Ltd, director British Petroleum Company of Australia Ltd, commissioner of ABC and SEC, deputy chancellor LaTrobe University and president Institute of Engineers Australia. A long serving VAFA Patron-in-Chief, he died in 1995 after a long illness.