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Key Facts

Full name
Robert McGhie

Known as
Robert McGhie


18 August 1951 (age 71)

Age at first & last AFL game
First game: 17y 307d
Last game: 29y 222d

Height and weight
Height: 192 cm
Weight: 86 kg

Senior clubs
Footscray; Richmond; South Melbourne

Jumper numbers
Footscray: 40, 5, 24
Richmond: 12
South Melbourne: 1, 4

Recruited from
Footscray (1973); Richmond (1979); Footscray (1980)

Family links
Joe McGhie (Brother)

Robert McGhie

ClubLeagueCareer spanGamesGoalsAvgWin %AKIAHBAMKBV
FootscrayV/AFL1969-1972, 19794960.1247%9.532.023.185
South MelbourneV/AFL1980-19811610.0650%7.812.692.192

AFL: 8,184th player to appear, 1,354th most games played, 5,648th most goals kickedFootscray: 579th player to appear, 256th most games played, 464th most goals kickedRichmond: 750th player to appear, 205th most games played, 1,112th most goals kickedSouth Melbourne: 1,081st player to appear, 666th most games played, 977th most goals kicked

A tall, left footed defender, Robert McGhie was a more than serviceable player for Footscray from 1969 to 1972, before being sacked for disciplinary reasons. Richmond snapped him up and he gave the Tigers probably the best football of his career, including playing at centre half back in the grand final-winning teams of 1973 and 1974. He was one of the team’s best players in the latter match.

Midway through the 1978 season, after 81 VFL games (and no goals) for Richmond, McGhie crossed to Brunswick in the VFA first division where he saw out the year.

The 1979 season saw McGhie back at Footscray where he took his final tally of games played with the club to 49, and the number of goals kicked to six. He then finished his playing career at South Melbourne in 1980 and 1981, where he played a final 16 VFL games and kicked one goal.

Unusually for players of his era Robert McGhie boasted tattoos. He also liked a smoke, and famously lit up just after the siren in the 1973 grand final havinvg been handed a cigarette by team boot-studder, Kevin McAvoy.

Author - John Devaney


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