Herbert Loel

Victorian Football Association
DOB: January 01 1876
DOD: April 10 1942 Melbourne
Games: 11 senior, plus 8 other approx
Goals: 10
Career: 1894 - 1895

Played 15 VFL games with Fitzroy 1901 - 1902

Left: Herbert Leopold Loel in the 1903 West Perth team
(Image: Courtesy West Perth History)
The previous two images we had were actually Herbert's brother Bertie (Bertram Benjamin Loel) who also played with Fitzroy.

Loel was named in 12 Carlton team squads in 1895. Not all players are mentioned in the match reports and quite a few Carlton teams in 1895 have yet to be found.

Herbert Leopold Loel, born 01 January 1876 Ca RI, Victoria. (Carlton?) Married in Perth W. Aust. 1901. Died Melbourne 10 April 1942.

1894 August 25
Loel scored a goal in the game against Fitzroy at Fitzroy.

1894 September 01
He also scored a goal in the game against Essendon at the University Ground.

1894 September 08
Herbert Loel and Cox scored one goal each of Carlton's two goals in the match against Melbourne also at the University Ground.

1895 Loel topped the Blues' goal kicking with a paltry 7 goals.

"Herb played the 1895 season with Carlton, but did not arrive at West Perth until 1898.
It turns out he came west, like so many others, looking for work.
I have found that he spent 1897 working at the Light of Asia mine at Cue, on the Murchison Goldfields. While there, he played in some semi-organised football games and won a long-kicking contest. The previous year, he was also at Cue. He played cricket and won some bicycle races there in 1896, but I can't find any evidence of football being played.
The various goldfields of Western Australia were full of Victorians (and people from across Australia) in that era, due to a depression on the east coast. Gold having been discovered here in the 1880s meant WA was booming and there was money to be made. It is often said that the Goldfields Football Association (based in Kalgoorlie-Boulder) was the equal of the VFL in those years, with dozens of VFL players playing there."

Courtesy Sean Cowan West Perth History

1898 June 11
Herb. Loel was in wonderful form, and brought down the house time after time with his fine football. One run, from centre wing to the behind post won the popular ex-Carltonian a storm of applause."
Clare's Weekly, Perth p14)

1898 August 08
The Argus, reports that former Carlton player H. Loel playing for West Perth against the Rovers last Saturday, kicked 9 goals in his team's 14 - 3 goal win.

Went to Fitzroy F.C. ?
Herbert's brother "Bertie" Bertram Benjamin Loel born 5 November 1878, played 15 V.F.L. games for Fitzroy 1901 - 1902,

A player named Loel played for N.S.W. against Carlton on the S.C.G. in 1903, same player?

1909 June 03 Thursday
Herbert Loel, permit granted West Perth to Fitzroy. (Argus p4)

1924 September 26
H. Loel played in an old players match at the M.C.G.

Loel attended a veterans gathering at half time at the Round 18, 1940 match against Footscray.


Trove: The Umpire (Fremantle) August 03, p5 1902
The Umpire's article on Loel with a photograph.


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