Ray Jordon

Ray Jordon
Ray Jordon of Victoria.jpg
Personal information
Full name Raymond Clarence Jordon
Born (1937-02-17)17 February 1937
Melbourne, Victoria, Australia
Died 13 August 2012(2012-08-13) (aged 75)
Melbourne, Australia
Batting Right-handed
Role Wicket-keeper
Domestic team information
Years Team
1960–1971 Victoria
Career statistics
Competition First-class List A
Matches 90 1
Runs scored 2414 27
Batting average 25.95
100s/50s 1/9 0/0
Top score 134 27*
Balls bowled
Bowling average
5 wickets in innings
10 wickets in match
Best bowling
Catches/stumpings 238/45 2/0
Source: Cricinfo

Raymond Clarence "Slug" Jordon (17 February 1937 – 13 August 2012) was an Australian first-class cricketer who represented Victoria in the Sheffield Shield and toured with the Australian national cricket team. He was also a successful Australian rules football coach and acted as both reserves and under-19s coach at various clubs in the Victorian Football League (VFL).

Universally known as "Slug", his nickname arose as a result of an incident during his National Service at Puckapunyal.[1]


Jordon took a total of 230 dismissals in the Sheffield Shield and 283 for all first-class matches. His tally at both Shield and first-class level remained a Victorian record until surpassed by his replacement Richie Robinson, who himself was later bettered by Darren Berry.[2] In 1970/71 he managed a career best ten dismissals in a match against South Australia at the Melbourne Cricket Ground.[3]

His only first-class hundred was an innings of 134, also against South Australia, in the 1963/64 Sheffield Shield. The South Australian bowling attack was led by Gary Sobers and while he ran through Victoria's batting lineup with six second innings wickets, Jordon resisted with a century before falling LBW to Neil Hawke.[4]

The wicket-keeper captained Victoria in five Sheffield Shield matches during his career, three of them in the 1968/69 season.[5]

Jordon came close to playing Test cricket, touring both India and South Africa in 1969/70 as a standby for Brian Taber. Although he appeared in four of Australia's first-class warm up matches in India and six in South Africa, Jordon was not required for any of the Tests.[6][7]

According to Ashley Mallett's biography of Ian Chappell, Chappelli Speaks Out, Bill Lawry was considering selecting Jordon to play in the fourth test instead of Taber because of the former's superior batting. Chappell said he would not play in the side if Jordon was picked because the wicketkeeper was a cheat. This was based on an incident during a game on the recent Indian tour when Australia was playing South Zone.[8] E. A. S. Prasanna was facing Alan Connolly with Jordon standing up to the stumps – he appeared to miss the ball and his off stump was knocked forward. Jordon appealed and Prasanna eventually walked but Chappell believed the ball had missed Prasanna's stumps and rebounded off Jordon's pads to break the wicket – and that Jordon knew this.[9]

Jordon played his district cricket for Richmond (one season), Carlton (ten seasons) and Fitzroy (five seasons). He also was captain/coach of the Dandenong Cricket Club in the VSDCA in the early 1970s. [10]


During his early sporting years, Jordon was also an Australian rules football player, and he appeared in 96 matches for the Coburg Football Club in the Victorian Football Association, also serving as captain at the club for a time. He was a highly regarded player, and several Victorian Football League clubs were interested in recruiting him, but he retired from playing in 1962 to concentrate on cricket.

He was later a higher successful minor grade coach. Jordon led clubs at under-19 and reserve level, spending time at North Melbourne, Melbourne, Essendon, Richmond, as well as TAC Cup club Central/Prahran Dragons. Known for his colourful language and direct approach, Jordon had particular success with Melbourne's and Richmond's under-19s. He was credited with thirteen premierships from sixteen grand final appearances during his minor grade coaching career.[11] While he was in charge of the reserves at North Melbourne he was called up to coach the seniors for a Victorian Football League game in 1976 because Ron Barassi was unavailable.

A parody of Jordon, named Jay "Grub" Gordon, appears in the Specky Magee series of novels written by former Melbourne player Garry Lyon and author Felice Arena.

See also


  1. ^ Never a punch pulled
  2. ^ "Most Victims in a Career for Victoria". CricketArchive.
  3. ^ "Victoria v South Australia 1970/71". CricketArchive.
  4. ^ "South Australia v Victoria 1963/64". CricketArchive.
  5. ^ "Sheffield Shield 1968/69". CricketArchive.
  6. ^ "Australia in South Africa 1969/70". CricketArchive.
  7. ^ "Australia in India 1969/70". CricketArchive.
  8. ^ South Zone v Australia Bangalore 20–22 December 1969 (3-day match)
  9. ^ Ashley Mallett, Chappelli Speaks Out, Allen and Unwin, 2005 p 38, 50
  10. ^ "VCA 1st XI Career records 1889-90 to 2014-15, I-M" (PDF). Cricket Victoria. Retrieved 28 November 2015.
  11. ^ Tim Stoney (1 October 1997). "Super coach Jordon retires". Herald Sun. Melbourne, VIC. p. 74.

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