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Key Facts

Full name
David Ryan

Known as
Dave Ryan

23 January 1885

13 February 1957 (aged 72)

Age at first & last AFL game
First game: 21y 165d
Last game: 27y 214d

Height and weight
Height: 178 cm
Weight: 86 kg

Senior clubs
Geelong; Collingwood; Prahran

Jumper numbers
Collingwood: 17, 19

Recruited from
Geelong (1907)

Family links
Joe Ryan (Nephew)Bill Ryan (Nephew)

Dave Ryan

ClubLeagueCareer spanGamesGoalsAvgWin %AKIAHBAMKBV

AFL: 1,184th player to appear, 2,396th most games played, 1,500th most goals kickedGeelong: 142nd player to appear, 955th most games played, 866th most goals kickedCollingwood: 129th player to appear, 184th most games played, 118th most goals kicked

Dave Ryan overcame a failure to make the grade at Geelong, where he managed just two games in 1906, to become a mainstay at Collingwood for the ensuing six seasons. Consistent and highly capable, he played a total of 99 VFL games with the Magpies, kicking 72 goals. He made the majority of his appearances as a ruckman, but was also a danger when stationed up forward. He was a member of the Woods' winning Grand Final side against Carlton in 1910, and was one of their best in a losing team against Essendon the following year. Ryan finished his senior career with a brief stint at Prahran in the VFA.

Author - John Devaney


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