Australian Football Celebrating the history of the great Australian game


Key Facts

Full name
Robert Flanigan

Known as
Bob Flanigan

25 March 1914

12 July 1988 (aged 74)

Age at first & last AFL game
First game: 22y 38d
Last game: 31y 90d

Height and weight
Height: 175 cm
Weight: 74 kg

Senior clubs
Footscray; Essendon

Jumper numbers
Footscray: 26, 25, 13
Essendon: 30

Recruited from
Footscray (1941)

Family links
Jack Flanigan (Brother)

Bob Flanigan

ClubLeagueCareer spanGamesGoalsAvgWin %AKIAHBAMKBV
EssendonV/AFL1941-1942, 1944-19454210.0264%0
V/AFL1936-1942, 1944-19459120.0252%13.404.4014
Total1936-1942, 1944-19459120.0252%13.404.4014

Pre 1965 stats are for selected matches only

AFL: 4,348th player to appear, 2,669th most games played, 7,853rd most goals kickedFootscray: 204th player to appear, 259th most games played, 705th most goals kickedEssendon: 554th player to appear, 393rd most games played, 802nd most goals kicked

In a sport where toughness is a pre-requisite Bob Flanigan took the quality to rare heights. Over the course of his career he sustained countless injuries including a fractured skull. Normally deployed across half back he was almost reckless in his attack on ball and opponent. He commenced with Footscray in 1936 and over the course of a five season stint he played 49 VFL games and scored one goal. The 1941 season found him at Essendon where he played 42 games and kicked one goal in 1941-2 and 1944-5. As if the proliferation of injuries was not bad enough, Flanigan missed the whole 1943 season with illness. There were positives though, not least his superb performance in the 1942 grand final which saw the Dons account for Richmond by 53 points, 19.18 to 11.13. The triumph helped atone for the previous year’s flag decider in which Essendon had gone down to Melbourne.

Author - John Devaney


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