Joe Askew


Carlton Reserve Career: 1937 - 1939
Reserve Games: TBA
Reserve Goals: TBA
Height: 5ft. 9ins. (175cm)
Weight: 12st. (76kg)
Guernsey: No. 21
DOB: circa 1920

Left: Image: News (SA) March 20 1946

Askew was originally from the All Blacks Football Club from the Tatong-Thoona District Football League in the Benalla area.
Joe Askew played in the Carlton Reserves 1937-1939.
He did not play a senior game.

1938 Herald 18 April p20;
J.Askew, a Carlton seconds player broke his collar bone when he went down in a collision in a practice game at Prince's Oval this afternoon.
He was attended to by the club's medical officer and was later treated at the Royal Melbourne Hospital.

The Victorian Railways in 1937 had a football competition. The Flinders Street team played Melbourne Goods for the premiership on Ransford Oval Royal Park September 01. A player named J. Askew was selected in the Flinders Street side.

At the outbreak of WW2 Joe enlisted in the A.I.F. He was alongside fellow Carlton player Jim Park when Lt. Park (2/6 Battalion) was killed in action in New Guinea during a firefight defending Wau airfield on February 09 1943.
Askew served for nearly six years, discharged in late 1945 and played with Glenelg (SA) early in 1946.


"Pte Joe Askew, who was one of Benalla's most promising players, being one of the All Blacks' leading players and a cricketer as a member of the Digger's Cricketer Club, has been mentioned in despatches in southern Bougainville.
Joe was such an outstanding footballer that he played with Carlton on leaving Benalla when only 20 years of age. His many Benalla friends will be pleased to learn that he has done so well."
(The Benalla Ensign(July 06 p23)

The Benalla Ensign (June 21 p5 1946);
"Auguring well for the interest and support of the Benalla people, Joe Askew, was appointed playing coach of the Benalla Football Club this week. A local boy, Joe's football career is well known to people of Benalla. He gave Carlton good service prior to enlisting in the A.I.F., and this year has done well in the centre for the Glenelg club in the Adelaide League."
Benalla had a temporary coach until the mid year appointment of Askew.

The All Blacks Football Club was invited to amalgamate with the Benalla Football Club early in 1946.
Benalla had a good season and just failed in their first final, but in 1947 Joe Askew was replaced as the Benalla coach by Bob Chitty


There was a Joseph Michael Askew (VX38684) born 18 February 1916 at Hastings Vic. Residing at South Yarra, he enlisted at Royal Park, August 26 1940 in the 2/6th Battalion. Discharged October 16 1945. (World War Two Nominal Role)
If this is the same person then he is approx 4 years older than previously thought, however the 2/6 Battalion matches.

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Top: Trove; North Eastern Ensign March 19 (p3)1937
Below: Trove; Sporting Globe March 31 (p8) 1937

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