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Key Facts

Full name
Robert Brooker

Known as
Bob Brooker

Born
17 October 1926

Died
11 October 1986 (aged 59)

Age at first & last AFL game
First game: 22y 307d
Last game: 29y 271d

Height and weight
Height: 188 cm
Weight: 89 kg

Senior clubs
North Melbourne

Jumper numbers
North Melbourne: 28

Bob Brooker

ClubLeagueCareer spanGamesGoalsAvgWin %AKIAHBAMKBV
North MelbourneV/AFL1949-1956107410.3845%14.007.0019
Total1949-1956107410.3845%14.007.0019

Pre 1965 stats are for selected matches only

AFL: 5,949th player to appear, 2,181st most games played, 2,354th most goals kickedNorth Melbourne: 417th player to appear, 117th most games played, 153rd most goals kicked

North Melbourne follower Bob Brooker was warned by the Victorian Football League Tribunal last night before being cleared of a charge of striking Richmond star Roy Wright last Saturday. Mr. T. Hammond, tribunal chairman, told Brooker: “Tonight we will give you the benefit of the doubt. But in future if you try to impede an opposing player do so in the proper football manner.”¹

Originally from Mentone, Bob Brooker was an eminently useful performer for North Melbourne, mainly as a ruckman, in 107 VFL games between 1949 and 1956. He booted 41 goals. Second ruckman and one of his side's best players in the losing Grand Final of 1950 against Essendon, he went on to win a club best and fairest award in 1955, and was the Roos' skipper in his final season, only to suffer the disappointment of seeing his side manage just three wins from 18 games to claim the wooden spoon. He was a VFL interstate representative in 1951.

Author - John Devaney

Footnotes

1. “The Argus”, 25/5/55, page 30.

Sources

Full Points Footy Publications, Crème de la Crème

Footnotes

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