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James Archibald (Snowy) Atkinson



James Archibald ('Snowy') Atkinson

4 April 1896 - 11 June 1956

Member 1987

James was one of the finest footballers to play in Tasmania between the two world wars. He began his senior career with Fitzroy (V.F.L.) in 1913 and held his place in the Fitzroy team until he accepted the position as coach of Lefroy in 1926.

A high flying, hard-hitting centre half back, he had, at one time or another, almost every bone in his body broken, including his windpipe. He was Captain of Fitzroy in 1924-25 and Captain/Coach of Lefroy in 1926-27-28-29 and halfway through 1930, when he was forced to retire because of injury.

'Snowy' also played cricket. One could say he was arguably Tasmania's finest cricket captain, captaining the state side between 1929-1934 on 18 occasions. He was the first batsman in Tasmania to score 1,000 runs in club cricket in three successive seasons 1927-28 to 1930-31.

'Snowy' Atkinson was 6ft. tall, an orthodox right-hand batsman who excelled on wet or turning pitches, a useful change bowler, and an agile 'close to the wicket' fieldsman who took 33 catches: He was an outstanding Australian Rules footballer and cricketer.