319. Charles Eady

Overall Contribution Inductee

Holebrook/TFL, Player/Administrator, 1888-1941

c. 40 games for Holebrook, 1888-93
c. 15 representative games for South Tasmania
Holebrook captain, 1890-93
Holebrook TFL premiership, 1890
Represented South Tasmania vs Victoria, 1893
TFL President, 1900-08; 1925-41

‘Charlie’ Eady was an enormously respected name in Tasmanian football circles as a player and administrator for more than 50 years.

Born in 1870, Eady first played senior football at the age 17 for the Holebrook club; within three years he had become known as one of Tasmania’s finest players, regularly representing Southern Tasmania against the NTFA and numerous visiting teams from Victoria. A defender of tremendous athleticism and strength, his enormous 6’1” frame and impeccable judgement made him virtually unbeatable in the air, his prowess being such that many of the best judges of the era – most notably legendary Carlton coach Jack Worrall – regarded him as the finest defender they ever saw.

Named captain of Holebrook aged 19, Eady led his team to the premiership in 1890; he kicked the match-winning goal of the premiership deciding match against Railway, according to folklore, from the centre wing. Unfortunately, the demise of Holebrook at the end of 1893 brought Eady’s career to a premature end, not appearing in any on-field football capacity after that date.

He nevertheless continued to play a pivotal role in Tasmanian football for many years, serving two terms as TFL President totalling 26 years and many more as a committeeman, gaining a reputation as a fair-minded and impartial administrator. Notable events of his tenure include being Tasmania’s inaugural delegate to the Australian National Football Council and successfully arguing for the continuation of football in Hobart for as long as possible in spite of the economic threat posed by World War II.

Outside football, Eady was a well-known member of the Tasmanian political scene, serving as a member of the Legislative Council for 21 years. However, his real claim to fame was as one of the state’s finest-ever cricketers, touring England in 1896 and famously hitting a mammoth score of 566 in 1902, then the second-highest individual score in history. Charles Eady passed away in 1945, aged 75.