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Key Facts

Full name
Ian Ridley

Known as
Ian Ridley

15 February 1934

13 November 2008 (aged 74)

Age at first & last AFL game
First game: 20y 131d
Last game: 27y 213d

Height and weight
Height: 166 cm
Weight: 68 kg

Senior clubs

Jumper numbers
Melbourne: 24

Ian Ridley

ClubLeagueCareer spanGamesGoalsAvgWin %AKIAHBAMKBV

Pre 1965 stats are for selected matches only

AFL: 6,479th player to appear, 1,657th most games played, 327th most goals kickedMelbourne: 755th player to appear, 104th most games played, 20th most goals kicked

A gritty, keen, energetic, team-orientated performer, Ian Ridley was without doubt one of the toughest rovers of his era. He joined Melbourne from Hamilton Imperials and made his VFL debut in 1951. Dangerous near goals, he booted a total of 228 for the Dees in his 130-game senior career which ended in 1961, and which featured involvement in no fewer than five premiership teams. In the boilover 1958 Grand Final which Melbourne lost to Collingwood by 18 points, Ridley had his nose broken.

Author - John Devaney


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