Celebrating the history of the great Australian game


Key Facts

Full name
Jose Romero

Known as
Jose Romero

1 August 1971

Age at first & last AFL game
First game: 17y 18d
Last game: 29y 354d

Height and weight
Height: 173 cm
Weight: 74 kg

Senior clubs
North Melbourne, Western Bulldogs

Jumper numbers
North Melbourne: 36, 1
Western Bulldogs: 11, 36

Recruited from
North Melbourne (1995)

Jose Romero

ClubLeagueCareer spanGamesGoalsAvgWin %AKIAHBAMKBV
North MelbourneAFL1988-199489981.1055%11.336.072.1510
Western BulldogsAFL1995-2001122710.5850%

AFL: 9,971st player to appear, 438th most games played, 491st most goals kickedNorth Melbourne: 796th player to appear, 138th most games played, 66th most goals kickedWestern Bulldogs: 849th player to appear, 85th most games played, 80th most goals kicked


José Romero remains the only Chilean ever to reach Australian football's highest level. In 89 games for North Melbourne between 1988 and 1994 he earned a reputation as an energetic, gutsy performer who perhaps fell just a little short of the top rank. A move to Footscray in 1995 obviously suited him, however, and over the next few seasons he played easily the best football of his career, tying for the Bulldogs' best and fairest award with Chris Grant in 1996. When the re-christened Western Bulldogs repeatedly threatened to 'go all the way' during the second half of the 1990s, the admirably tenacious Romero was often at the forefront of their assaults. Injuries impeded him during the later stages of his 200-plus game career, but at his best he was a vital cog in the Bulldog machine.


* Behinds calculated from the 1965 season on.
+ Score at the end of extra time.