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Key Facts

Full name
Noel Rayson

Known as
Noel Rayson

24 May 1933

11 February 2003 (aged 69)

Age at first & last AFL game
First game: 17y 87d
Last game: 26y 6d

Height and weight
Height: 180 cm
Weight: 79 kg

Senior clubs
Geelong; South Melbourne

Jumper numbers
Geelong: 27, 16
South Melbourne: 16

Recruited from
Geelong (1958)

Family links
Arthur Rayson (Father)Alan Rayson (Brother)

Noel Rayson

ClubLeagueCareer spanGamesGoalsAvgWin %AKIAHBAMKBV
South MelbourneV/AFL1958-195912181.5067%0

Pre 1965 stats are for selected matches only

AFL: 6,047th player to appear, 2,182nd most games played, 326th most goals kickedGeelong: 544th player to appear, 175th most games played, 32nd most goals kickedSouth Melbourne: 812th player to appear, 766th most games played, 337th most goals kicked

The son of Arthur Rayson, Noel Rayson was recruited by Geelong from Newtown-Chilwell at the age of sixteen. He made his debut in 1950 but did not become a regular senior player for three years which meant that he did not participate in the Cats’ 1951 and 1952 premiership teams. Early in his career he played mainly as a half forward but in 1955 he was shifted to the goal-front and, despite being somewhat small for the position, really came into his own, topping the league’s goal kicking list with 80 goals that same year. The keys to his success were his fast leading, strong marking and extremely accurate kicking for goal. He went on to top Geelong’s goal kicking list in 1956 with 41 goals.

Early in the 1958 season Rayson crossed to South Melbourne where he played 12 games and kicked 18 goals in two seasons to add to the 95 games and 210 goals accumulated with the Cats. While with Geelong he was twice selected to represent Victoria.

Author - John Devaney


Encyclopedia of AFL Footballers by Russell Holmesby & Jim Main; Wikipedia article; 'Cats' Tales' by Col Hutchinson


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