Australian Football Celebrating the history of the great Australian game


Key Facts

Full name
Ronald Savage

Known as
Ron Savage

22 April 1917

15 January 1974 (aged 56)

Age at first & last AFL game
First game: 21y 99d
Last game: 28y 160d

Height and weight
Height: 187 cm
Weight: 89 kg

Senior clubs

Jumper numbers
Carlton: 24

Ron Savage

ClubLeagueCareer spanGamesGoalsAvgWin %AKIAHBAMKBV

Pre 1965 stats are for selected matches only

AFL: 4,646th player to appear, 2,077th most games played, 1,109th most goals kickedCarlton: 544th player to appear, 147th most games played, 95th most goals kicked

A hard as nails ruckman on the field, off it Ron Savage was a lover of poetry and nature. He was one of Carlton’s chief protagonists in the notorious 1945 ‘Bloodbath’ grand final against South Melbourne and copped an eight week suspension for his troubles. The fact that he was quintessentially much more than just a thug was highlighted by the fact that he was named the Blues’ best and fairest player for the year not long after the grand final, a match which would prove to be his last in the VFL. His career at Carlton ran from 1938 to 1945 and saw him play 111 games and kick 95 goals.

In 1947 Savage commenced a stint as captain-coach of TANFL side Hobart, having been forced to stand out of football for a year in order to win a clearance. After a year away coaching Franklin he returned to Hobart (1949-50) and finally Longford (1951-2).

Author - John Devaney


Encyclopedia of AFL Footballers by Russell Holmesby & Jim Main; Wikipedia article; Cats' Tales by Col Hutchinson;


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