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North Melbourne legend honoured

North Melbourne legend Thomas Jack ''Jock'' Spencer, who spent the later relocated to the Goulburn Valley, has been inducted into the club's Hall of Fame at a ceremony at Crown Palladium.

ASHLEIGH WILLIAMSON November 21, 2012 4:50am

Stephen Spencer, Donna Wood and Marcus Spencer attended Crown Palladium where their father was inducted into North Melbourne’s Hall of Fame.


Marcus Spencer lost his appetite at North Melbourne’s best-and-fairest count on Wednesday last week.

He had been similarly nervous for the three weeks before and was at Crown Palladium in Melbourne to speak after the North Melbourne Hall of Fame induction of his legendary father.

The late Thomas Jack ‘‘Jock’’ Spencer became one of four new Kangaroos Hall of Fame members.

His three children — Donna, 48, Marcus, 51, and Stephen, 54 — and five grandchildren from Shepparton attended the ceremony.

Marcus said about 1000 people attended the ceremony.

‘‘I couldn’t eat my main meal, I was that nervous before I had to talk,’’ he said.

‘‘Once I talked, it was a big weight off my shoulders and I slammed down my meal.’’

Marcus said his family was humbled to meet some of his father’s former teammates at the ceremony.

‘‘They said he was a great footballer with a massive leap who could take a grab,’’ he said.

‘‘They said he was a great bloke — they all loved the old man.’’

Spencer joined North Melbourne from South Kensington.

He played in the club’s first VFL under-19 premiership in 1947 before coach Wally Carter picked him for his senior debut against Geelong in round two of 1948.

The full-forward kicked 475 goals from 153 VFL games — a Kangaroos record until modern club legends John Longmire (511 goals), then Wayne Carey (671) passed it.

Spencer was named at full-forward in North’s Team of the Century in 2001, ahead of dual premiership captain Carey and 1978 Brownlow medallist Malcolm Blight.

Spencer was North’s leading goalkicker seven times and won its 1951 best-an- fairest.

He remarkably earned Victorian selection ahead of Essendon legend John Coleman in 1952 and kicked six of his state’s 13 goals against Western Australia.

Coleman kicked four goals and Spencer kicked three as Essendon defeated North 13.14 (92) to 7.12 (54) in the 1950 grand final.

Spencer returned to South Kensington after his VFL retirement in 1957 before joining his former North teammate John Brady at Shepparton United in 1962.

The pair led United to the 1962 Goulburn Valley league premiership and Spencer won the competition’s goalkicking in 1963 and 1965.

‘‘We thought he would be in (North’s Hall of Fame) one day, but we were all excited,’’ Marcus said.

‘‘We’re thankful the club is keeping dad’s memory alive.’’

Spencer, 74, died of cancer in April 2003.

He lost his wife of 53 years, Karen, in a May 1999 car accident.

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