Jim Caldwell was inducted into the Swans Hall of Fame in 2015.

Jim Caldwell

155 games
34 goals
Premiership 1918
Captain 1918-1919


A brilliant centreman and wingman hailing from Williamstown, Jim Caldwell joined South Melbourne in 1909 and would have become a Premiership player in his first season had he not been suspended for striking following an incident in the Preliminary Final. During his eleven seasons in the red and white, he became one of the most celebrated players in the game, known for his skill, pace and judgement. In 1918 he was appointed captain of the Club, leading the team to the Premiership that season. Playing as a rover, he was among the Club’s best in the narrow Grand Final victory over Collingwood. A three-time Victorian representative, following his playing career he went on to coach in Western Australia and at Carlton, before returning to South Melbourne as coach in 1929. Tragically, he died suddenly late that season, at the age of only 41.