Keith Shea

Born: 10 Aug 1914      Died: 27 Feb 1951

Came from: North Albury     Went to: North Albury

First game: 16 Apr 1950       Last game: 17 Sep 1950

Appearances: 18    Goals: 25+

League Rep: 2

Other clubs played for: Bacchus Marsh, 1932-37 Carlton (91 / 101), 1938-39 Subiaco (c-c, 39), 1940 South Fremantle (c-c), 1945-46 Hawthorn c-c), 1947 Rupanyup (c-c), 1948-49 North Albury (c-c).

Premierships: North Albury 1948.

KEITH SHEA, the former Victorian and West Australian footballer, died at the Albury District Hospital early today after a brief illness.

Shea, who married a West Australian girl, Miss Lynn Tuke, was aged 36.

He was a hairdresser by occupation.

Shea played his first game with Carlton when 16 and in his six years with that club represented Victoria 14 times in interstate and carnival games.

He later went to Western Australia and coached Subiaco and South Fremantle. Since the 1946 season Shea had coached country teams.

He was reappointed coach of North Albury this year. Mr. Tom Outridge, a former secretary of the Subiaco Football Club, who was responsible for persuading Shea to transfer to Western Australia in 1938, said last night that during his football career Shea had proved himself a glorious centreman, in addition to which he was regarded, with a former Carlton clubmate, Horrie Clover, as the finest half-forward seen in Melbourne from 1918 onwards.

Shea had acted as captain coach of Subiaco after Haydn Bunton's retirement and it was largely due to his services in a similar capacity later that South Fremantle had gradually won its way to the top of the premiership ladder.

(The West Australian - Wednesday, 28 Feb, 1951).