Australian Football Celebrating the history of the great Australian game


Key Facts

Full name
Rod Vernon

Known as
Rod Vernon

3 April 1934

8 July 2016 (aged 82)

Age at first & last AFL game
First game: 20y 63d
Last game: 29y 17d

Height and weight
Height: 191 cm
Weight: 92 kg

Senior clubs

Jumper numbers
Fitzroy: 9

Rod Vernon

ClubLeagueCareer spanGamesGoalsAvgWin %AKIAHBAMKBV

Pre 1965 stats are for selected matches only

AFL: 6,469th player to appear, 1,888th most games played, 1,486th most goals kickedFitzroy: 704th player to appear, 83rd most games played, 62nd most goals kicked

A useful utility and ruckman from East Brunswick YCW, Rod Vernon progressed through the ranks at Fitzroy before making the first of an eventual 119 senior VFL appearances in 1954. Always a danger when resting in the forward lines he bagged 72 goals over the course of his ten season career.

Away from football Vernon ran a Milk Bar situated just outside the western end of the Brunswick Street Oval and whenever he had a set shot at that end the crowd would enjoin him to “kick it through the Milk Bar window”.

Author - John Devaney


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


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