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Robert Heatley

show_image.php?id=36143Victorian Football Association
Club President: 1901 - 1903 (V.F.L.)
Games: 33 approx.
Goals: 11
Career: 1883 - 1884








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Above; R. Heatley from the 1884 Carlton team photo in Adelaide.
In this team photo the player is named as W. Heatley, but we believe this is a misprint.
Until further information comes to light, Blueseum believes this is an image of Robert Heatley.

Recruited from the Star of Carlton Football Club in 1883.

Robert Murray Heatley was born in Carlton on December 28, 1863, the year before the Carlton Football Club itself was founded.

Heatley, the second of eight children reared by Scottish immigrants, represented Carlton in the then VFA for just one season – 1883 - before interests in first bookmaking and then property development took precedence.

In 1901, Heatley was to become President of the Football Club, before controversy and conflict with Jack Worrall brought an end to this tenure. This story is outlined in depth in this link attached here.

In 1932 the Robert Heatley Stand at Princes Park was opened by Sir William Brunton, having cost 7000 pounds to build.

Robert Heatley. 1883.
Opening of the season against a Waverley 23, Carlton had an easy victory by seven goals to nil. Among the new players to show out was Robert Heatley.
(The Carlton Story, H.Buggy and H.Bell, p54)

Heatley's name appears in 22 Carlton teams in 1883.

1883 May 05
The following week Heatley played in the match against Star of Carlton (23) at Princes oval.

1883 May 19
Heatley played against a Williamstown (23 ) at Williamstown.

1883 June 02
Heatley scored a goal in the Blues win against Melbourne.

1883 June 09
Heatley scored a goal in the win against South Melbourne.

1883 June 30
Heatley scored a goal in the victory against Essendon at the East Melbourne Cricket Ground.

1883 July 14
Heatley scored a goal in the victory against Port Adelaide at the South Melbourne C. G.

1883 Heatley scored 10 goals for the season.
Centenary Souvenir of Carlton p16)

In 1884 a W. Heatley appears in a Carlton team photo taken on tour in Adelaide.
This is the only reference so far found to a W. Heatley.
Could this have been another Heatley, or a misprint?
Until further information is found Blueseum believes that it is R. Heatley

1884
Robert or W. Heatley's name appears in 11, plus 1 pre season Carlton teams.
Scored 1 goal for the season.

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Enlargement from photo in Heatley's Image Gallery


1901
"Carlton in the old days, were never excelled for dash. Unfortunately, they have been under a cloud for some time, and have not been too well managed. But that has been all altered, and Mr. Robert Heatley, as president, they have the right man in the right place. He is a real energetic worker. They have good material, and should be welded into a strong side." (Jack Worrall, the Referee May 08)

1904 March 28
Robert Heatley resigned his presidency of the Carlton Football club amid uproar at the Carlton AGM.
This occurred over the suspension by the club of the Carlton secretary John Worrall.
To read The Argus report of the meeting click here> http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article10606239
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Articles: The Robert Heatley Story

Blueseum: Pre VFL Players | Presidents | Heatley Stand | Heatley's Image Gallery