Australian Football Celebrating the history of the great Australian game


Key Facts

Full name
Robert Thomas Rush

Known as
Bob Rush

9 October 1880

13 March 1975 (aged 94)

Age at first & last AFL game
First game: 18y 223d
Last game: 27y 255d

Height and weight
Height: 177 cm
Weight: 80 kg

Senior clubs

Jumper numbers
Collingwood: 16

Family links
Leo Rush (Brother)Bryan Rush (Brother)Gerald Rush (Brother)Kevin Rush (Brother)

Bob Rush

ClubLeagueCareer spanGamesGoalsAvgWin %AKIAHBAMKBV

AFL: 460th player to appear, 1,413th most games played, 8,368th most goals kickedCollingwood: 43rd player to appear, 111th most games played, 754th most goals kicked

Few individuals have enjoyed as illustrious, varied and influential a football career as Bob Rush. As a player he was a pacy, tenacious defender who seldom lowered his colours, and was a key member of Collingwood's 1902 and 1903 premiership sides. After 143 VFL games between 1899 and 1908 he went on to serve the Magpies in a range of committee posts, and later became both a league delegate and president of the ANFC. Rush it was who coined the famous Collingwood motto, 'Floreat Pica' ('may the Magpies flourish').

Bob Rush had four brothers who played VFL football but none managed more than a handful of games.

Author - John Devaney


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