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Key Facts

Full name
Reginald Ryan

Known as
Reg Ryan

23 February 1920

16 May 2005 (aged 85)

Age at first & last AFL game
First game: 19y 128d
Last game: 30y 212d

Height and weight
Height: 183 cm
Weight: 84 kg

Senior clubs
North Melbourne; Collingwood

Jumper numbers
North Melbourne: 31, 27, 9, 35
Collingwood: 27

Recruited from
North Melbourne (1942); Collingwood (1946)

Reg Ryan

ClubLeagueCareer spanGamesGoalsAvgWin %AKIAHBAMKBV
North MelbourneV/AFL1939-1940, 1946-19506600.0056%0
V/AFL1939-1940, 1942, 1946-19507200.0053%0
Total1939-1940, 1942, 1946-19507200.0053%0

AFL: 4,745th player to appear, 3,297th most games played, 11,309th most goals kickedNorth Melbourne: 258th player to appear, 210th most games played, 847th most goals kickedCollingwood: 453rd player to appear, 833rd most games played, 1,027th most goals kicked

Reg Ryan was an imperturbably solid defender who struggled to make his mark at North Melbourne, where he played just three games in 1939-40. He therefore decided to lower his sights, and the 1941 season saw him playing for Williamstown in the VFA. He enjoyed a fine year, giving rise to Collingwood’s coming knocking at his door the following year. However, once again he struggled to have much of an impact, playing just half a dozen VFL games before giving football away for the time being because of the war.

In 1945, he resumed with Williamstown, and once again shone, culminating in a near best afield performance at full back in the Seagulls’ 16.21 to 10.20 grand final defeat of Port Melbourne. His excellent season persuaded North Melbourne to give him another chance at the game’s elite level, and on this occasion he seized the opportunity with both hands, going on to play 63 VFL games between 1946 and 1950. His last appearance with the Kangaroos was the 1950 grand final, their first, against Essendon, when he lined up at centre half back. Over the course of his entire 72 game senior VFL career Ryan failed to register a single goal.

In 1952 he returned to the VFA after assuming the captain-coaching reins at Preston, but he failed to see out the season, playing just 10 games.

Author - John Devaney


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