Australian Football Celebrating the history of the great Australian game


Key Facts

Full name
Ronald McGowan

Known as
Ron McGowan

30 November 1945 (age 78)

Age at first & last AFL game
First game: 19y 159d
Last game: 26y 172d

Height and weight
Height: 185 cm
Weight: 86 kg

Senior clubs
Longford; Hobart; Footscray; South Adelaide

Jumper numbers
Footscray: 22

Ron McGowan

ClubLeagueCareer spanGamesGoalsAvgWin %AKIAHBAMKBV
South AdelaideSANFL1973-197421

AFL: 7,692nd player to appear, 2,648th most games played, 8,065th most goals kickedFootscray: 534th player to appear, 146th most games played, 664th most goals kicked

Defender Ron McGowan commenced his senior career in the NTFA with Longford, with his last game for the club coming in the two-point Grand Final loss to North Launceston in 1963. He then crossed to reigning TFL premier Hobart, but was unable to help them repeat their success as they bowed out of flag contention at the Preliminary Final stage against Sandy Bay.

McGowan crossed the Bass Strait in 1965 to embark on a VFL career with Footscray, and over the ensuing eight seasons he proved himself a solid, even stolid defender who seldom gave his direct opponent an inch. He played a total of 92 senior games and kicked two goals for the Bulldogs, before rounding off his career with 21 SANFL games for South Adelaide in 1973-4.

Author - John Devaney


Full Points Footy's Tasmanian Football Companion


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