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Key Facts

Full name
Kenneth Ian Albiston

Known as
Ken Albiston

Born
11 November 1926

Place of birth
Balwyn, VIC (3103)

Died
20 June 2018 (aged 91)

Age at first & last AFL game
First game: 19y 251d
Last game: 27y 318d

Height and weight
Height: 171 cm
Weight: 68 kg

Senior clubs
Richmond; Melbourne

Jumper numbers
Richmond: 8
Melbourne: 6

Recruited from
MHS OB (1946); Richmond (1952)

State of origin
VIC

Family links
Harold Albiston (Brother)Alec Albiston (Brother)David Albiston (Nephew)

Ken Albiston

ClubLeagueCareer spanGamesGoalsAvgWin %AKIAHBAMKBV
RichmondV/AFL1946-195158761.3150%3
MelbourneV/AFL1952-195445491.0940%17.334.335
V/AFL1946-19541031251.2146%17.334.338
Total1946-19541031251.2146%17.334.338

Pre 1965 stats are for selected matches only

AFL: 5,610th player to appear, 2,299th most games played, 830th most goals kickedRichmond: 461st player to appear, 273rd most games played, 102nd most goals kickedMelbourne: 725th player to appear, 363rd most games played, 150th most goals kicked

Not quite blessed with the same ability as his older brother Alec, Ken Albiston was nevertheless a useful footballer, as he proved by giving creditable service to two League clubs. He was spotted by Richmond while playing in the VAFA with Melbourne High School Old Boys, whom he ironically left just prior to the club's securing its first ever B Section premiership.

That was in 1946, and it could perhaps be called doubly ironic in that Richmond, which had been a force for much of the previous two decades, was about to experience a prolonged decline. Indeed, during Albiston's six season, 58-game stint with the Tigers they only took part in one finals match - the losing first semi final of 1947 against Fitzroy.

Albiston's next club, Melbourne, was by contrast re-emerging as a power when he arrived and in 1954 the Demons made it through as far as a Grand Final clash with Footscray. In what proved to be the last of his 45-game stint with the club, Ken Albiston produced a fine display as second rover, changing in the forward pocket with Stuart Spencer, but he could not prevent the Bulldogs from romping to a conclusive win.

Author - John Devaney

Sources

Full Points Footy Publications

Footnotes

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