Australian Football Celebrating the history of the great Australian game


Key Facts

Full name
Roland Fischer

Known as
Rowley Fischer

24 February 1910

12 September 1992 (aged 82)

Age at first & last AFL game
First game: 23y 64d
Last game: 31y 201d

Height and weight
Height: 185 cm
Weight: 91 kg

Senior clubs

Jumper numbers
Melbourne: 8

Rowley Fischer

ClubLeagueCareer spanGamesGoalsAvgWin %AKIAHBAMKBV

Pre 1965 stats are for selected matches only

AFL: 3,996th player to appear, 1,489th most games played, 2,673rd most goals kickedMelbourne: 508th player to appear, 87th most games played, 211th most goals kicked

Adelaide-born Roland 'Rowley' Fischer was recruited by Melbourne from Murtoa and proved an excellent acquisition, playing 137 VFL games and kicking 34 goals for the club between 1933 and 1941. Despite his comparative shortness of stature (183cm) he was often used as a ruckman changing in defence, in which position he was a member in 1939 of Melbourne's grand final-winning team against Collingwood. He was prevented by injury from playing in Melbourne's 1940 and 1941 premiership-winning teams. Strong overhead, Fischer was also sometimes played at centre half forward. The high general esteem in which he was held is evidenced by the fact that he was selected to represent Victoria 5 times. His VFL career ended after the 1941 season when he joined the army.

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.