Australian Football Celebrating the history of the great Australian game


Key Facts

Full name
Rodger Head

Known as
Rodger Head

20 June 1939

8 July 2012 (aged 73)

Age at first & last AFL game
First game: 20y 56d
Last game: 27y 355d

Height and weight
Height: 175 cm
Weight: 76 kg

Senior clubs
St. Kilda

Jumper numbers
St. Kilda: 6, 1

Rodger Head

ClubLeagueCareer spanGamesGoalsAvgWin %AKIAHBAMKBV
St. KildaV/AFL1959-19679330.0365%10.711.282.291

Pre 1965 stats are for selected matches only

AFL: 7,093rd player to appear, 2,611th most games played, 7,299th most goals kickedSt. Kilda: 1,070th player to appear, 149th most games played, 738th most goals kicked

As a junior, Rodger Head was a star all round sportsman, but he opted to focus on football, a decision that was ultimately vindicated by participation in St Kilda’s first, and so far only, premiership-winning team. Mind you, his early time with the Saints were somewhat frustrating, as he was a frequent victim of injury, including two broken legs in the same season, all of which combined to limit him to just a dozen appearances in four years. After that, however, he established himself as a key member of the team, and went on to play a total of 93 VFL games and kick three goals from 1959 to 1967.

Most of his best football was played late in his career after he had found his niche in a back pocket. Boasting good judgement, and surprisingly strong overhead for such a comparatively short (175cm) individual, he took part in St Kilda’s losing grand final of 1965 against Essendon in addition to the aforementioned triumph of 1966. Persistent groin problems contributed to his decision to retire from playing at the age of 27.

Author - John Devaney


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