Bernie Massey

Image DOB: 12 August 1939

Debut: Round 1, 1960 against North Melbourne at MCG
Last Game: Round 7, 1967 against Essendon at Windy Hill

From: Glen Iris

Number: 37 (1960-1967)

Premiership Player - 1964
150 Heroes selection
Life Member - 1968
Night Series premiership coach - 1971

Games: 99
Goals: 0
Career Statistics

WinsDrawsLossesWinning %

Statistical categories led:
Most games without a goal : 99
Most games in jumper 37

Recruited from Glen Iris to the Fourths, Massey was residentially tied to Hawthorn but qualified to stay at Melbourne when he registered at his grandmother's Murrumbeena address.

He played Thirds in 1957, but after appearing on the senior team list in 1958 it took four years for Massey to become a permanent fixture in the Demons side. In 1959 he represented the VFL Seconds agianst South Australia.

Once he made it into the senior side Massey was in and out of the team, but in the last of his three most productive seasons the full-back played in the 1964 Premiership side. He became known as a close-checking full back, and once attracted controversy when Norm Smith ordered him to shave off a freshly grown moustache.

His 1965 season was destroyed when he suffered a burst blood vessel in his thigh during an intra-club match and had a recurrence of the injury during a reserves game. He didn't play that year until Round 9, by which time the wheels had started to fall off the Demon machine.

The record holder for most MFC games without kicking a goal, Massey played in the Demons last premiership before leaving the club after 1967 and became Captain-Coach of Eltham in the Diamond Valley League. VFA sides Yarraville and Waverley had also sought his services after he lost his place in the Demons side.

At the time, with night games generally counted amongst senior appearances, Massey was thought of as having played 102 senior games which probably explains why he was left stranded on 99 VFL matches.

Massey also coached Port Fairy before returning to Melbourne as Assistant and Reserves coach in 1971. In one game as senior coach he filled in for Ian Ridley and won the 1971 Night Series Final. He was captain/coach of Eltham from 1974 to 1976.

Massey's father Ern was a long time Under 19's and Reserves offical at the club, and is also a Life Member.

1960 700
1961 800
1962 1602
1963 2000
1964 1800
1965 700
1966 1600
1967 700
Tribunal Record
Round 17, 1961 Striking 2 matches

Near Misses

Age - 17/06/1959
Age - 19/05/1965
Age - 15/06/1967

May have played for Waverley in 1967.

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