Australian Football Celebrating the history of the great Australian game


Key Facts

Full name
Robert Spargo Snr

Known as
Bob Spargo

7 July 1913

14 May 1994 (aged 80)

Age at first & last AFL game
First game: 20y 351d
Last game: 28y 320d

Height and weight
Height: 175 cm
Weight: 69 kg

Senior clubs
Footscray; Melbourne

Jumper numbers
Footscray: 27, 14, 29, 16
Melbourne: 3

Recruited from
Footscray (1942)

Family links
Ricky Spargo (Son)Bob Spargo Jnr (Son)Paul Spargo (Grandson)Charlie Spargo (Great grandson)

Bob Spargo

ClubLeagueCareer spanGamesGoalsAvgWin %AKIAHBAMKBV

Pre 1965 stats are for selected matches only

AFL: 4,179th player to appear, 3,440th most games played, 5,840th most goals kickedFootscray: 178th player to appear, 202nd most games played, 454th most goals kickedMelbourne: 600th player to appear, 1,171st most games played, 1,212th most goals kicked

Steady rather than spectacular, Bob Spargo was also highly versatile in that he could handle just about any position. His VFL career comprised 65 games and six goals with Footscray from 1934 to 1941 followed by a couple of games and no goals for Melbourne in 1942. His son, also called Bob Spargo, later played for both Footscray and West Perth.

Author - John Devaney


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