164. William Leitch

Administrator Inductee

Tasmanian Football League, Player/Administrator, 1881-1933

> Player, Railway FC, 1881-88
> Player/Umpire, Huon Football League, 1889-92
> Secretary/Chairman, North Hobart, 1906
> Tasmanian Football League, 1906-33
> Australian Football Council, 1922-33, including a period as vice from 1929
> Life member, Tasmanian Football League
> Life member, Australian Football Council, 1929
> Manager, Tasmanian National Carnival team, 1914 (Sydney)

Born 15 March 1863 and dying 23 May 1943, William Leitch is generally considered to be the ‘father’ of Tasmanian football. He commenced his career as a player and contested the first ever North vs. South game in 1883. Leitch moved into administration at the end of his playing days and was a driving force behind the inception of the Tasmanian Football League in 1907. He continued to serve the game on the national and state scene for a further thee decades. The Tasmanian Football League/Southern Football League best and fairest medal is named in honour of William Leitch.