Australian Football Celebrating the history of the great Australian game


Key Facts

Full name
Arthur Bettles

Known as
Artie Bettles

25 March 1891

10 July 1971 (aged 80)

Age at first & last AFL game
First game: 23y 38d
Last game: 29y 156d

Height and weight
Height: 178 cm
Weight: 76 kg

Senior clubs

Jumper numbers
Richmond: 16

Recruited from
South Melbourne Districts (1914)

Artie Bettles

ClubLeagueCareer spanGamesGoalsAvgWin %AKIAHBAMKBV

AFL: 2,073rd player to appear, 3,227th most games played, 10,537th most goals kickedRichmond: 126th player to appear, 227th most games played, 916th most goals kicked

Having played with Brighton Juniors and South Melbourne Districts, Artie Bettles commenced his VFL career with Richmond in 1914. Equally at home in a back pocket or on the wing, the most noteworthy feature of his play was his strong marking. He also had something of a combative temperament and on one occasion incurred a 10 match suspension. Winner of the Wasps’ 1916 best and fairest award, he lined up in the right back pocket in the losing challenge final of 1919 against Collingwood, but missed the following season’s victorious flag decider against the same opposition with a leg injury. In seven seasons with Richmond he played 74 VFL games without registering a single goal. He later served on the club’s committee.

Author - John Devaney


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