Australian Football Celebrating the history of the great Australian game


Key Facts

Full name
Ambrose Harold Palmer

Known as
Ambrose Palmer

16 October 1910

Place of birth
Footscray, VIC (3011)

16 October 1990 (aged 80)

Place of death
Yarraville, VIC (3013)

Boxer, Boxing trainer

Age at first & last AFL game
First game: 22y 202d
Last game: 32y 218d

Height and weight
Height: 178 cm
Weight: 82 kg

Senior clubs

Jumper numbers
Footscray: 18, 28, 34, 24

State of origin

Ambrose Palmer

ClubLeagueCareer spanGamesGoalsAvgWin %AKIAHBAMKBV
FootscrayV/AFL1933-1934, 1936-194383440.5347%9.403.207
Total1933-1934, 1936-194383440.5347%9.403.207

Pre 1965 stats are for selected matches only

AFL: 4,030th player to appear, 2,908th most games played, 2,240th most goals kickedFootscray: 159th player to appear, 156th most games played, 145th most goals kicked

Best known as a boxer, in which he won Australian titles in three weight divisions, Ambrose Palmer was nevertheless a serviceable footballer as well, who would almost certainly have played more than the 83 VFL games he managed between 1933 and 1943 had his pugilistic commitments not frequently intervened. A tough, courageous rover, Palmer was not surprisingly often the target for 'special treatment' on the part of opponents, but he never rose to the bait. Richmond legend Jack Dyer described Palmer as one of Footscray's most dedicated players.

Author - John Devaney


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