Australian Football Celebrating the history of the great Australian game


Key Facts

Full name
Robert Hancock

Known as
Bobby Hancock

22 June 1922

9 February 1973 (aged 50)

Age at first & last AFL game
First game: 24y 49d
Last game: 28y 37d

Height and weight
Height: 168 cm
Weight: 67 kg

Senior clubs
St. Kilda

Jumper numbers
St. Kilda: 2, 30

Bobby Hancock

ClubLeagueCareer spanGamesGoalsAvgWin %AKIAHBAMKBV
St. KildaV/AFL1946-195058490.8421%15

AFL: 5,622nd player to appear, 3,842nd most games played, 2,035th most goals kickedSt. Kilda: 888th player to appear, 259th most games played, 134th most goals kicked

The archetypal small player with a big heart, Bobby Hancock had a comparatively brief but noteworthy league career with St Kilda, playing 56 games and kicking 49 goals between 1946 and 1950. His best season was 1948 when he played three interstate games for the VFL, and won his club's best and fairest award. Most of Hancock's football was played as a rover. Diminutive though he was (168cm, 67kg) he was a strong overhead mark, while he boasted, in good measure, all the attributes traditionally associated with the best rovers - pace, elusiveness, excellent ball handling skills, and tremendous stamina. He was also an extremely accurate kick, over both long and short distances.

Author - John Devaney


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