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Key Facts

Full name
David Rankin

Known as
David Rankin

12 July 1960 (age 62)

Age at first & last AFL game
First game: 19y 282d
Last game: 21y 20d

Height and weight
Height: 173 cm
Weight: 74 kg

Senior clubs
Fitzroy; East Fremantle

Jumper numbers
Fitzroy: 42, 22

Recruited from
Fitzroy (1982)

David Rankin

ClubLeagueCareer spanGamesGoalsAvgWin %AKIAHBAMKBV
East FremantleWASFL1982-1988, 1990152660.43
Total1980-1988, 1990161680.42

AFL: 9,152nd player to appear, 8,503rd most games played, 8,100th most goals kickedFitzroy: 973rd player to appear, 654th most games played, 650th most goals kicked

Initially from Colac, David Rankin made his league debut with Fitzroy in 1980 but could only manage a total of nine senior games in two seasons with the Lions. In 1982 he headed west where he joined East Fremantle and, after a tentative start, established himself as a useful player for the Sharks for most of the remainder of the decade. Gutsy and wholehearted in approach, and boasting considerable pace, he played mainly in the back pocket early in his career before developing into a fine wingman, in which position he lined up in the 1985 WAFL Grand Final (reviewed here) that saw East Fremantle narrowly edging out Subiaco. David Rankin had played 152 games for the Sharks by the time he retired in 1990.

Author - John Devaney


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