Australian Football Celebrating the history of the great Australian game


Key Facts

Full name
Donald Gross

Known as
Don Gross

1 April 1947 (age 75)

Age at first & last AFL game
First game: 18y 16d
Last game: 27y 47d

Height and weight
Height: 173 cm
Weight: 75 kg

Senior clubs

Jumper numbers
Essendon: 15

Don Gross

ClubLeagueCareer spanGamesGoalsAvgWin %AKIAHBAMKBV

AFL: 7,651st player to appear, 1,848th most games played, 1,016th most goals kickedEssendon: 738th player to appear, 129th most games played, 74th most goals kicked

Don Gross was a useful rover or wingman who was Essendon through and through. He commenced with the Bombers in 1965 and later that season suffered the heartache of missing the club's winning grand final against St Kilda after he broke his collarbone in the preliminary final defeat of Collingwood. When Essendon next reached the grand final in 1968 he was named as a reserve. Between 1965 and 1974 Gross played 121 VFL games and kicked 105 goals for the Bombers and later coached both the club's seconds and under nineteens.

Author - John Devaney


Encyclopedia of AFL Footballers by Russell Holmesby & Jim Main; Those Magnificent Men 1897-1987 by Michael Maplestone


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