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Key Facts

Full name
Robert Muir

Known as
Bob Muir

6 April 1907

11 June 1973 (aged 66)

Age at first & last AFL game
First game: 20y 24d
Last game: 27y 99d

Height and weight
Height: 175 cm
Weight: 79 kg

Senior clubs
Collingwood; Footscray; Fitzroy

Jumper numbers
Collingwood: 19, 30, 21, 6, 17
Footscray: 19
Fitzroy: 19

Recruited from
Collingwood (1933); Footscray (1934)

Bob Muir

ClubLeagueCareer spanGamesGoalsAvgWin %AKIAHBAMKBV
CollingwoodV/AFL1927-1929, 1931-19323340.1276%8.502.000
V/AFL1927-1929, 1931-19345750.0965%9.332.440
Total1927-1929, 1931-19345750.0965%9.332.440

Pre 1965 stats are for selected matches only

AFL: 3,257th player to appear, 3,948th most games played, 6,179th most goals kickedCollingwood: 309th player to appear, 435th most games played, 601st most goals kickedFootscray: 164th player to appear, 458th most games played, 702nd most goals kickedFitzroy: 470th player to appear, 975th most games played, 972nd most goals kicked

Seldom better than a fringe player at each of his three league clubs Robert Muir nevertheless managed to compile a respectable curriculum vitae over the course of his career. No one who plays in excess of 50 games of VFL football can be written off as a nonentity, and Muir was emphatically not that. He was perhaps unfortunate in that during his time at Collingwood (33 games, 1927-9 and 1931-2) the Magpies had assembled arguably the most formidable combination seen in Australian football up to that point. Consequently, competition for places was intense, and whereas Muir might have enjoyed regular senior selection at the likes of Hawthorn or North Melbourne, at Victoria Park it was very much a case of waiting for someone to be sidelined with injury or, more infrequently, a drop in form.

After enduring this state of affairs for six years he requested, and was granted, a clearance to Footscray, where he played 15 games in 1933 and the first seven of the following season. He then transferred to Fitzroy where he made the final two VFL appearances of his career before finishing his entire career in the VFA with Preston, for whom he made 68 appearances and scored 37 goals from 1935 to 1939.

Author - John Devaney


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