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Key Facts

Full name
Rodney Ashman

Known as
Rod Ashman

3 December 1954 (age 69)

Age at first & last AFL game
First game: 18y 153d
Last game: 31y 214d

Height and weight
Height: 175 cm
Weight: 76 kg

Senior clubs

Jumper numbers
Carlton: 14

Family links
Peter Dean (Nephew)

Rod Ashman

ClubLeagueCareer spanGamesGoalsAvgWin %AKIAHBAMKBV

AFL: 8,554th player to appear, 355th most games played, 118th most goals kickedCarlton: 838th player to appear, 20th most games played, 6th most goals kicked

The Blues got great drive from their band of rovers, particularly Rod Ashman, who relished the heavy conditions.¹

Rodney Ashman was a fine rover for Carlton over 14 seasons and 236 games. Joining the Blues in 1973, Ashman was a virtually permanent member of the side until the end of 1978, when he controversially tried to gain a clearance to North Melbourne. The Blues dug their heels in on the matter, and Ashman stood out of football for most of 1979 before eventually making his peace with Carlton, returning to the team in round 19. His year ended on a sour note, however, as injury forced him to watch from the sidelines as the Blues claimed the '79 premiership.

Continuing his fine form (he fell one vote short of 1981 Brownlow Medal winners Barry Round and Bernie Quinlan), Ashman made amends as part of the flag-winning sides of 1981 and 1982. 

He was named in the forward pocket in Carlton's Team of the Century.

Author - Andrew Gigacz


1. “The Canberra Times”, 19/8/79, page 30. This refers to a round 20 clash with Footscray at VFL Park, which the Blues won with considerable comfort by 36 points with Ashman contributing three of the victors’ 12 goals.


Encyclopedia of Australian Footballers - Holmesby and Main, Crème de la Crème


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