Jim Martin (Australian footballer)

Jim "Bull" Martin (20 August 1884 – 12 October 1940) was an Australian rules footballer who played with Carlton, Essendon and Fitzroy in the Victorian Football League (VFL).[2]

Jim Martin
Jim Martin 1911.jpg
Cigarette card of Martin in 1911
Personal information
Full name James Martin
Date of birth (1884-08-20)20 August 1884
Place of birth Carlton, Victoria
Date of death 12 October 1940(1940-10-12) (aged 56)
Place of death Melbourne, Victoria
Original team(s) Devenish,[1] Northcote
Height 173 cm (5 ft 8 in)
Weight 85 kg (187 lb)
Position(s) Forward pocket
Playing career1
Years Club Games (Goals)
1902 Carlton 006 0(2)
1907–13 Essendon 095 (71)
1913–14 Fitzroy 027 (16)
Total 128 (89)
1 Playing statistics correct to the end of 1914.
Sources: AFL Tables, AustralianFootball.com


Martin played mostly as a forward, often in the pocket. He only made six appearances for Carlton in his debut season and the following year switched to Northcote.

A strongly built and physical player, Martin returned to the league in 1907, with Essendon, playing there for the next seven years. Despite only kicking 16 goals in 1907, it was enough to top the goal-kicking at Essendon. He played in Essendon's losing 1908 Grand Final side.

He missed out on their 1911 premiership when he received a twelve-week suspension mid-season for striking George Holden of Fitzroy. Police later charged Martin with assault, making him the first VFL player to appear before the courts over an on-field incident.

After playing in Esendon's 1912 premiership team in 1912, he crossed to Fitzroy's during the 1913 season and participated in another premiership. This made him the first person in VFL history to play in consecutive premierships at two clubs, a feat later equaled by only Tom Fitzmaurice.


Jim Martin died in Royal Melbourne Hospital in 1940.[3]


  1. ^ "1911 - James Martin, Devenish FC". Benalla Standard. Retrieved 7 July 2020.
  2. ^ Holmesby, Russell; Main, Jim (2014). The Encyclopedia of AFL Footballers: every AFL/VFL player since 1897 (10th ed.). Melbourne, Victoria: Bas Publishing. p. 554. ISBN 978-1-921496-32-5.
  3. ^ "Mr. James Martin". The Age. No. 26, 675. Victoria, Australia. 14 October 1940. p. 6.

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