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Key Facts

Full name
Richard Emselle

Known as
Richie Emselle

24 September 1917

16 January 1992 (aged 74)

Age at first & last AFL game
First game: 19y 219d
Last game: 25y 289d

Height and weight
Height: 175 cm
Weight: 76 kg

Senior clubs

Jumper numbers
Melbourne: 9

Family links
Ken Emselle (Son)

Richie Emselle

ClubLeagueCareer spanGamesGoalsAvgWin %AKIAHBAMKBV

Pre 1965 stats are for selected matches only

AFL: 4,468th player to appear, 2,603rd most games played, 5,576th most goals kickedMelbourne: 555th player to appear, 178th most games played, 506th most goals kicked

Having played in Melbourne’s 1935 seconds premiership-winning team Richie Emselle took his senior bows two years later before becoming a regular League player in 1938. A solid and reliable defender, he played in the back pocket in Melbourne’s 1939, 1940 and 1941 grand final-winning sides, earning prominent mention in dispatches after the last of these triumphs.

Emselle continued to perform creditably for the Demons until 1943 when persistent knee problems restricted him to just four appearances for the year. He retired at season’s end after totalling 92 VFL games and seven goals in the famous navy and red.

Author - John Devaney


Encyclopedia of AFL Footballers by Russell Holesby & Jim Main; Wikipedia article;


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