Australian Football Celebrating the history of the great Australian game


Key Facts

Full name
Rod McGregor

Known as
Rod McGregor

19 October 1882

2 August 1962 (aged 79)

Age at first & last AFL game
First game: 22y 206d
Last game: 37y 195d

Height and weight
Height: 178 cm
Weight: 75 kg

Senior clubs

Jumper numbers
Carlton: 8, 11, 19

Recruited from
Essendon Association (1905)

Family links
George Bickford (Nephew)Albert Bickford (Brother-in-law)Edric Bickford (Brother-in-law)

Rod McGregor

ClubLeagueCareer spanGamesGoalsAvgWin %AKIAHBAMKBV
CarltonV/AFL1905-1912, 1914-1920236260.1175%0
Total1905-1912, 1914-1920236260.1175%0

AFL: 1,039th player to appear, 354th most games played, 3,194th most goals kickedCarlton: 181st player to appear, 19th most games played, 256th most goals kicked

Along with wingmen George Bruce and Edward Kennedy, elusive, poised and abundantly skilled centreman Rod McGregor gave Carlton one of the greatest centrelines in the history of the game. In 1906-7-8, with this trio to the fore, the Blues won 51 out of 59 matches contested en route to three consecutive premierships. McGregor actually missed the 1907 premiership triumph over South Melbourne after breaking his nose in the previous week's Semi Final against St Kilda, but overall his impact during those three golden years was probably unequalled.

McGregor joined Carlton in 1905 after commencing his senior career with Essendon Association, and over the ensuing decade and a half he went on to amass an incredible total, for the period, of 236 VFL games, which remained a club record until broken by John Nicholls. In addition to the 1906 and 1908 premierships, McGregor was a driving force in 1914-15 when Carlton went 'back to back'. His omission from the club's official 'Team of the Century' seems, on the face of it, completely inexplicable.

Author - John Devaney


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