Australian Football Celebrating the history of the great Australian game


Key Facts

Full name
Richard John Ross

Known as
Jack Ross

9 September 1911

21 February 1996 (aged 84)

Age at first & last AFL game
First game: 19y 249d
Last game: 28y 350d

Height and weight
Height: 173 cm
Weight: 70 kg

Senior clubs

Jumper numbers
Collingwood: 24, 20, 21, 23, 18, 19

Family links
Bob Ross (Brother)

Jack Ross

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Pre 1965 stats are for selected matches only

AFL: 3,801st player to appear, 1,414th most games played, 2,910th most goals kickedCollingwood: 335th player to appear, 112th most games played, 236th most goals kicked

Mostly used across half back, but capable of playing almost anywhere, Jack Ross was a key component in the powerful Collingwood machine of the 1930s. Despite standing only 173cm in height he played some of his best football at centre half back and his wholehearted approach earned him considerable respect among both team mates and supporters. Prior to joining Collingwood he had played for Northcote in the VFA.

Between 1931 and 1940 Ross played 142 VFL games and scored 30 goals for the Magpies. Among his appearances were five straight grand finals, the first two of which were won, with Ross being particularly prominent in the 1936 match which saw Collingwood prevail over South Melbourne by 11 points. His brother Bob also played for both Northcote and Collingwood.

Author - John Devaney


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