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Key Facts

Full name
Robert James Beecroft

Known as
Bob Beecroft

Born
11 January 1952 (age 70)

Age at first & last AFL game
First game: 24y 83d
Last game: 28y 232d

Height and weight
Height: 191 cm
Weight: 92 kg

Senior clubs
Swan Districts; Fitzroy; Woodville

Jumper numbers
Fitzroy: 24

Recruited from
Swan Districts (1976); Fitzroy (1981)

State of origin
WA

Bob Beecroft

ClubLeagueCareer spanGamesGoalsAvgWin %AKIAHBAMKBV
Swan DistrictsWANFL1970-19751261641.30
FitzroyV/AFL1976-1980962913.0338%6.881.934.3515
WoodvilleSANFL1981-1985862192.55
Total1970-19853086742.19

AFL: 8,792nd player to appear, 2,486th most games played, 203rd most goals kickedFitzroy: 929th player to appear, 117th most games played, 10th most goals kicked

Swan Districts recruited Bob Beecroft from Williams as an eighteen year old in 1970. Beecroft had won Williams' senior fairest and best award the previous season and, playing mainly as a ruckman, he soon developed into a handy player for Swans. His best season in the black and white colours came in 1972 when he matched or beat the best ruckmen in Australia at the Perth carnival, earning All Australian selection in the process. He also won the Swan Districts club champion award that same year.

Over the next few seasons, Beecroft's form fell away somewhat, and it was something of a surprise when he was selected in West Australia's team for the 1975 knock-out carnival clash with the VFL in Melbourne. However, he performed with considerable credit in a well beaten side, and this may have helped persuade Fitzroy, where he ventured in 1976, that he was a worthwhile acquisition. Beecroft spent five seasons with the Lions, followed by five seasons in South Australia with Woodville, performing creditably with both clubs.

Tough, persistent and reliable, he was perhaps better suited to the hurly-burly world of VFL football than the more skill-orientated Western Australian or South Australian manifestations of game. At any rate, he probably played his best football during his time in Melbourne, although his performances with Swans (for whom he played 126 games and booted 164 goals) were still deemed sufficiently noteworthy for him to secure selection in the club's official "Team of the Twentieth Century"

Author - John Devaney

Sources

Full Points Footy's WA Football Companion

Footnotes

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