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Roy Simmonds (29 December 1928 – 9 August 2008) was an Australian rules footballer who played with Hawthorn in the VFL during the 1950s.

Roy Simmonds
Roy Simmonds 1961.jpg
Roy Simmonds in 1961
Personal information
Date of birth 29 December 1928
Date of death 9 August 2008(2008-08-09) (aged 79)
Place of death Melbourne
Original team(s) Cohuna
Height 175 cm (5 ft 9 in)[1]
Weight 80 kg (176 lb)
Playing career1
Years Club Games (Goals)
1950–1961 Hawthorn 192 (78)
Coaching career
Years Club Games (W–L–D)
1973 Hawthorn 1 (0–1–0)
1 Playing statistics correct to the end of 1961.
Career highlights
Sources: AFL Tables,

Simmonds was used all around the ground by Hawthorn, most often though on the half back flank. His finest season came in 1956 where he won Hawthorn's best and fairest and finished equal fourth in the Brownlow Medal count. He represented Victoria at the 1956 Perth interstate football carnival.

His career ended when he was controversially omitted from the 1961 Grand Final.

Simmonds coached Hawthorn for one game in 1973 as regular coach John Kennedy was coaching the Victorian State team.

In 2003 he was chosen on the interchange bench in Hawthorn's official 'Team of the Century'.

He worked as a grounds maintenance worker at East Doncaster Secondary in his later life, for a total of fourteen years. On 9 August 2008, Simmonds died from cancer.[2]


  1. ^ "Hawthorn's pocket rockets". Hawthorn Football Club. Retrieved 20 January 2018.
  2. ^ Hawthorn legend toyed with the best

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