Australian Football Celebrating the history of the great Australian game


Key Facts

Full name
Robert Deas

Known as
Bob Deas

17 September 1886

1 April 1960 (aged 73)

Age at first & last AFL game
First game: 22y 226d
Last game: 30y 356d

Height and weight
Height: 180 cm
Weight: 82 kg

Senior clubs
South Melbourne

Jumper numbers
South Melbourne: 7, 8

Family links
Jack Deas (Brother)

Bob Deas

ClubLeagueCareer spanGamesGoalsAvgWin %AKIAHBAMKBV
South MelbourneV/AFL1909-1915, 1917111730.6665%0
Total1909-1915, 1917111730.6665%0

AFL: 1,468th player to appear, 2,089th most games played, 1,483rd most goals kickedSouth Melbourne: 218th player to appear, 120th most games played, 96th most goals kicked

A forward early in his career, Bob Deas later developed into a first rate full back. Recruited by South Melbourne from Leopold, he debuted in 1909 and at season's end was a member of the team which downed Carlton by two points in the challenge final. Deas played at centre half forward in that much, but when the southerners next contested a premiership decider in 1912 he had made the aforementioned move to full back. He played in a third grand final, once again at full back, in 1914, when he was one of the best players on view as South went down by a goal against Carlton.

From 1909 to 1915 and in 1917 Deas played 111 VFL games and booted 73 goals. 

Author - John Devaney


Encyclopedia of AFL Footballers by Russell Holmesby & Jim Main; Wikipedia article


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