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Key Facts

Full name
Robert Wilkie

Known as
Bob Wilkie

Born
3 July 1920

Died
9 September 2001 (aged 81)

Age at first & last AFL game
First game: 19y 334d
Last game: 31y 60d

Height and weight
Height: 165 cm
Weight: 66 kg

Senior clubs
St. Kilda

Jumper numbers
St. Kilda: 32, 29, 9

Bob Wilkie

ClubLeagueCareer spanGamesGoalsAvgWin %AKIAHBAMKBV
St. KildaV/AFL1940-1942, 1945-1951117130.1117%4
Total1940-1942, 1945-1951117130.1117%4

AFL: 4,811th player to appear, 1,932nd most games played, 4,438th most goals kickedSt. Kilda: 776th player to appear, 102nd most games played, 378th most goals kicked

Diminutive in stature at just 165cm and 66kg (he was widely considered the lightest player in the league) Bob Wilkie was a fine wingman for St Kilda in 117 VFL games between 1940 and 1942 and from 1945 to 1951. He missed the 1943-4 seasons whilst on military service in the north of Australia. Boasting exceptional pace off the mark as well as over the first ten or so metres he handled the ball well and was also a good kick. He served the Saints in a number of off-field capacities after his retirement as a player.

Author - John Devaney

Sources

Encyclopedia of AFL Footballers by Russell Holesby & Jim Main; Wikipedia article

Footnotes

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