Australian Football Celebrating the history of the great Australian game


Key Facts

Full name
Robert McClure

Known as
Bob McClure

5 June 1925

18 June 2003 (aged 78)

Age at first & last AFL game
First game: 21y 59d
Last game: 25y 327d

Height and weight
Height: 188 cm
Weight: 90 kg

Senior clubs

Jumper numbers
Essendon: 31

Bob McClure

ClubLeagueCareer spanGamesGoalsAvgWin %AKIAHBAMKBV

Pre 1965 stats are for selected matches only

AFL: 5,619th player to appear, 2,637th most games played, 3,959th most goals kickedEssendon: 604th player to appear, 195th most games played, 347th most goals kicked

For a time, Bob ‘Bluey’ McClure was among the very best big men in the game, but his career was derailed by knee problems at the age of just 26.

McClure joined Essendon in 1946 after serving in the Navy. At the end of his debut season he was a formidable presence up forward and in the ruck as the Bombers comfortably accounted for the grand final challenge of Melbourne. Renowned for his long arms and ‘sticky’ hands he was arguably the best high mark going round and was also a commanding knock ruckman. As far as the opposition tended to be concerned he was Public Enemy Number One and he received a lot of very physical attention, much of it illicit, but his dominance was scarcely curbed.

Between 1946 and 1951 he played 90 VFL games and booted 17 goals for the Dons which, in addition to the aforementioned premiership triumph of 1946, included the triumphant grand finals of 1949 and 1950. In the 1946 defeat of Carlton he was most observers’ choice as best afield. A VFL interstate representative (seven games) in 1948 and 1950 he seemed to be approaching the peak of his powers when he seriously injured his knee in the second match of the 1951 season.

In 1953 and 1954 Bob McClure returned to Essendon as a committee member.

Author - John Devaney


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