Australian Football Celebrating the history of the great Australian game


Key Facts

Full name
Ernest O'Rourke

Known as
Ernie O'Rourke

8 April 1926

Age at first & last AFL game
First game: 19y 48d
Last game: 23y 66d

Height and weight
Height: 173 cm
Weight: 71 kg

Senior clubs
Melbourne; North Melbourne

Jumper numbers
Melbourne: 22, 27
North Melbourne: 26

Recruited from
Melbourne (1949)

Ernie O'Rourke

ClubLeagueCareer spanGamesGoalsAvgWin %AKIAHBAMKBV
North MelbourneV/AFL1949960.6767%0

AFL: 5,461st player to appear, 4,343rd most games played, 1,950th most goals kickedMelbourne: 653rd player to appear, 401st most games played, 161st most goals kickedNorth Melbourne: 410th player to appear, 634th most games played, 437th most goals kicked

Ernie O’Rourke was very much a fringe player at Melbourne, being selected on the bench almost as often as in the starting 18. Nevertheless, he was capable of some useful football when selected. After playing 39 games and kicking 46 goals for the Demons between 1945 and 1948 he transferred to North Melbourne, where he played the first nine games of the 1949 season and scored six goals before transferring to VFA side Brighton where he finished the year, and his career, with half a dozen appearances and seven goals.

Author - John Devaney


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