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Key Facts

Full name
Ross Smith

Known as
Ross Smith

3 February 1965 (age 58)

Age at first & last AFL game
First game: 19y 80d
Last game: 31y 161d

Height and weight
Height: 184 cm
Weight: 87 kg

Senior clubs
North Melbourne; Australia

Jumper numbers
North Melbourne: 54, 15

Family links
Jesse Smith (Son)

Ross Smith

ClubLeagueCareer spanGamesGoalsAvgWin %AKIAHBAMKBV
North MelbourneV/AFL1984-1996224360.1650%10.893.342.8013

AFL: 9,511th player to appear, 445th most games played, 2,617th most goals kickedNorth Melbourne: 749th player to appear, 24th most games played, 171st most goals kicked

North Melbourne’s Jacana recruit Ross Smith was a tough, hard at the ball defender renowned for the ferocity of his tackling. He was also a useful wingman on occasion. He was a consistently effective performer for the Kangas almost throughout his 224 game, 36 goal career which spanned the years 1984 to 1996. After an outstanding 1995 season Smith encountered the first real dip in form of his career the following season meaning that he missed out on the chance to play in North’s grand final triumph over Sydney.

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.