Australian Football Celebrating the history of the great Australian game


Key Facts

Full name
Robert C Johnson Snr

Known as
Bob Johnson

27 June 1902

26 January 1981 (aged 78)

Age at first & last AFL game
First game: 23y 308d
Last game: 31y 67d

Height and weight
Height: 191 cm
Weight: 83 kg

Senior clubs

Jumper numbers
Melbourne: 16, 11

Recruited from
Northcote (1926)

State of origin

Family links
Bob Johnson Jnr (Son)

Bob Johnson

ClubLeagueCareer spanGamesGoalsAvgWin %AKIAHBAMKBV

Pre 1965 stats are for selected matches only

AFL: 3,126th player to appear, 2,056th most games played, 193rd most goals kickedMelbourne: 436th player to appear, 138th most games played, 11th most goals kicked

As a youngster, Robert Johnson's favourite sport was tennis, but it was in football that he would make his name. Persuaded to try out with VFA club Northcote he impressed with his superb marking skills, and excellent kicking. After a brief time with the Brickfielders he progressed to league ranks with Melbourne in 1926 and enjoyed a highly memorable season, earning 'Big V' selection (although he ended up having to pull out of the side through injury), and kicking six goals from centre half forward in a best afield performance in the Grand Final win over Collingwood.

In addition to centre half forward, Johnson could hold down any key position, or take a turn in ruck. A sensational high flier, he was one of the most spectacular players of his era. He finally got to play for the VFL in 1928, and did so again three years later. He topped Melbourne's goal kicking list on two occasions, in 1928 with 55 goals, and then with 62 goals in 1933, his last season in the VFL. All told, he booted 302 goals in his 113 league games.

Bob Johnson's son, Bob junior, achieved, if anything, even greater notoriety as a footballer, playing in a total of seven premierships teams with three different clubs in two states.

Author - John Devaney


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