Australian Football Celebrating the history of the great Australian game


Key Facts

Full name
Raymond Stokes

Known as
Ray Stokes

21 May 1924

26 February 2017 (aged 92)

Age at first & last AFL game
First game: 21y 362d
Last game: 27y 103d

Height and weight
Height: 180 cm
Weight: 84 kg

Senior clubs

Jumper numbers
Richmond: 27

Family links
Jervis Stokes (Brother)

Ray Stokes

ClubLeagueCareer spanGamesGoalsAvgWin %AKIAHBAMKBV

AFL: 5,572nd player to appear, 2,552nd most games played, 3,369th most goals kickedRichmond: 458th player to appear, 165th most games played, 271st most goals kicked

A dashing and skilful wingman or centreman, Ray Stokes began and ended his career in the NWFU with Burnie. In between he played 93 VFL games with Richmond between 1946 and 1951, some of them alongside his brother Jervis. He kicked 23 goals. He continued to play fine football after his return to Tasmania, and in 1954 was awarded the Wander Medal as the NWFU's top player of the season.

Perhaps somewhat surprisingly, Stokes never won Burnie's best and fairest award. Stokes coached Burnie between 1952 and 1957, overseeing consecutive Grand Final appearances in 1954 (defeated Wynyard) and 1955 (lost to Ulverstone). His seven interstate games for Tasmania included matches at both the 1953 Adelaide and 1956 Perth carnivals.

Author - John Devaney


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