Australian Football Celebrating the history of the great Australian game


Key Facts

Full name
James Ryan

Known as
Jim Ryan

29 August 1918

4 June 2006 (aged 87)

Age at first & last AFL game
First game: 25y 356d
Last game: 25y 356d

Height and weight
Height: 171 cm
Weight: 74 kg

Senior clubs

Jim Ryan

ClubLeagueCareer spanGamesGoalsAvgWin %AKIAHBAMKBV

AFL: 5,394th player to appear, 12,657th most games played, 11,509th most goals kickedMelbourne: 645th player to appear, 1,333rd most games played, 1,235th most goals kicked

Having joined the club at the beginning of 1943, Jim Ryan was promoted from Melbourne's reserves side to play his one and only senior VFL match in round 16 of 1944.¹ The day prior, the Melbourne Age described Ryan as "a former Xavler College rover who has been playing well with the Seconds. He will open up in a forward pocket and then be No. 2. rover."

Ryan appears to have had little impact. The Demons were thrashed by St Kilda and Ryan was not mentioned in newspaper reports of the match. He was presumably dropped the following week, and became yet another member of the V/AFL's 'one game' club.

Author - Andrew Gigacz


1. The Age, 18 August 1944. Link:


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