16 July 1953 (age 69)
Age at first & last AFL game
First game: 19y 272d
Last game: 31y 40d
Height and weight
Height: 180 cm
Weight: 80 kg
|Club||League||Career span||Games||Goals||Avg||Win %||AKI||AHB||AMK||BV|
AFL: 8,535th player to appear, 467th most games played, 3,387th most goals kickedCarlton: 837th player to appear, 222nd most games played, 380th most goals kickedCollingwood: 782nd player to appear, 146th most games played, 434th most goals kickedGeelong: 839th player to appear, 596th most games played, 1,059th most goals kicked
Defender Ray Byrne had the singular misfortune to play in no fewer than four losing VFL Grand Final teams, one with Carlton and three with Collingwood. He commenced his league career with the Blues, whom he joined from Golden Square, in 1973, and his debut season culminated in his first losing Grand Final appearance, against Richmond. Over the course of his five-and-a-half season, 81-game stint with Carlton he developed into a highly resourceful and dependable permanent back pocket.
After crossing to Collingwood midway through the 1978 season he further enhanced his reputation during another five-and-a-half season stint which yielded 121 senior appearances. Included among these were the losing Grand Finals of 1979 against Carlton, 1980 against Richmond, and 1981 against Carlton once more. Byrne's last port of call was Geelong, for whom he added a final 17 VFL games in 1984.
Author - John Devaney