Australian Football Celebrating the history of the great Australian game


Key Facts

Full name
Richard Jackson

Known as
Ricky Jackson

19 June 1967 (age 56)

Age at first & last AFL game
First game: 19y 23d
Last game: 24y 3d

Height and weight
Height: 170 cm
Weight: 71 kg

Senior clubs
Melbourne; Australia

Jumper numbers
Melbourne: 45

Ricky Jackson

ClubLeagueCareer spanGamesGoalsAvgWin %AKIAHBAMKBV

AFL: 9,730th player to appear, 3,023rd most games played, 781st most goals kickedMelbourne: 1,086th player to appear, 217th most games played, 61st most goals kicked

Rejected by Richmond for being 'too small' Ricky Jackson was picked up by Melbourne and went on to prove that he was a fine player. Boasting exceptional pace and good skills he debuted with the Dees in 1986 and soon developed into a key member of the team. Arguably at his best by 1988 he featured in that year's Bicentennial carnival in Adelaide as a member of the Australian Amateurs team for which he qualified by virtue of having hailed from VAFA club Ormond. He went on to play in the Demons' losing grand final against Hawthorn the same year, and with 43 majors to his name was the club's leading goal kicker.

Other highlights of a career cruelly curtailed by injury were appearances for Victoria and the Australian international rules team. At the end of the 1991 season he was somewhat surprisingly traded to Footscray but sustained a badly broken leg prior to round one and did not play again. His career with Melbourne comprised 80 V/AFL games and saw him kick 131 goals.

Author - John Devaney


Encyclopedia of AFL Footballers by Russell Holmesby & Jim Main;


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