Australian Football Celebrating the history of the great Australian game


Key Facts

Full name
Robert Syme

Known as
Bob Syme

30 November 1924

19 December 1993 (aged 69)

Age at first & last AFL game
First game: 19y 179d
Last game: 28y 279d

Height and weight
Height: 188 cm
Weight: 86 kg

Senior clubs

Jumper numbers
Essendon: 34, 26

Bob Syme

ClubLeagueCareer spanGamesGoalsAvgWin %AKIAHBAMKBV
EssendonV/AFL1944-1945, 1947-1953116590.5166%14.003.004
Total1944-1945, 1947-1953116590.5166%14.003.004

Pre 1965 stats are for selected matches only

AFL: 5,320th player to appear, 1,961st most games played, 1,771st most goals kickedEssendon: 580th player to appear, 135th most games played, 149th most goals kicked

A resolute, pacy, hard hitting ruckman, Bob Syme struggled initially to hold down a regular senior place but once he established himself there were few better. Originally from Moonee Ponds YCW, he made his VFL debut in 1944 and had played 116 games and kicked 60 goals by the time he hung up his boots nine years later. Perhaps his most noteworthy displays both came in grand finals: in 1949 when the Bombers overcame Carlton, and the following year when North Melbourne were put to the sword. He was also among the Dons’ best players in the losing grand finals of 1948 against Melbourne and 1951 against Geelong.

Author - John Devaney


Encyclopedia of AFL Footballers by Russell Holmesby & Jim Main; Wikipedia article; Those Magnificent Men 1897-1987 by Michael Maplestone


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