Australian Football Celebrating the history of the great Australian game


Key Facts

Full name
Ross Oakley

Known as
Ross Oakley

30 September 1942 (age 80)

Age at first & last AFL game
First game: 19y 252d
Last game: 23y 345d

Height and weight
Height: 178 cm
Weight: 81 kg

Senior clubs
St. Kilda

Jumper numbers
St. Kilda: 12

Ross Oakley

ClubLeagueCareer spanGamesGoalsAvgWin %AKIAHBAMKBV
St. KildaV/AFL1962-196662380.6169%

Pre 1965 stats are for selected matches only

AFL: 7,392nd player to appear, 3,654th most games played, 2,477th most goals kickedSt. Kilda: 1,089th player to appear, 237th most games played, 173rd most goals kicked

Ross Oakley was a supremely talented wingman who boasted considerable pace and could concoct telling drop kicks and stab passes whilst running full pelt. However, his highly promising VFL career was ultimately short-circuited by knee problems, which also caused him to miss the grand finals of both 1965 and 1966, the latter of which produced the Saints’ first and only league premiership win. When Oakley was forced to retire prior to the start of the 1967 season he was aged just 24 and had played 62 games in five years, kicking 38 goals. In the early ‘80s and ‘90s he served as Chairman and CEO of the V/AFL.

Author - John Devaney


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