Cumberland was a very good knock ruckman who for three years between 1909-1911 dominated the game in South Australia. He was a powerful, running player who could take a strong mark with handball accuracy and had a superb long kick.
Cumberland came to South Australia after playing for Melbourne and then St Kilda in the VFL. He was the runner up in the 1910 Magarey Medal before winning it the following year.
He was a crucial member of Sturt’s 1910 team that narrowly lost to Port Adelaide in the Club’s first ever Grand Final appearance.
He represented South Australia nine times including the 1911 Adelaide Carnival in which South Australia won all four of their games played including a win against the Victorian team.
In 1996 was inducted as an inaugural member of the AFL Hall of Fame in recognition of his outstanding career.
He played 39 games and kicked 33 goals for Sturt.