Australian Football Celebrating the history of the great Australian game


Key Facts

Full name
Robert Watson Troughton

Known as
Bob Troughton

17 June 1904

17 August 1988 (aged 84)

Age at first & last AFL game
First game: 25y 320d
Last game: 30y 321d

Height and weight
Height: 175 cm
Weight: 71 kg

Senior clubs
West Torrens; Geelong

Jumper numbers
Geelong: 11

Bob Troughton

ClubLeagueCareer spanGamesGoalsAvgWin %AKIAHBAMKBV
West TorrensSANFL1926-1929511432.80

Pre 1965 stats are for selected matches only

AFL: 3,661st player to appear, 2,635th most games played, 1,069th most goals kickedGeelong: 360th player to appear, 183rd most games played, 82nd most goals kicked

A cheeky, determined and aggressive customer who was a proven master of 'staging' for free kicks, Bob Troughton began his senior league career with West Torrens in 1926 and topped that club's goal kicking list  in 1928 (37 goals) and 1929 (51), and for whom he played a total of 51 senior league games and kicked 143 goals. He crossed to Geelong in 1930 and was an important player for the Cats over the next six seasons, including the winning 1931 Grand Final against Richmond. Most of his football was played either on the wing or as a half forward flanker with a license to roam.

Extremely proficient at what, in later years, would come to be described as 'hard ball gets' he also used the ball, however it had been obtained, with consummate efficiency. In his six seasons with Geelong he played 92 games and booted 100 goals.

Author - John Devaney


Full Points Footy's SA Football Companion


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