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Key Facts

Full name
Roy Dowsing

Known as
Roy Dowsing

23 October 1915

13 December 1973 (aged 58)

Age at first & last AFL game
First game: 23y 272d
Last game: 30y 305d

Height and weight
Height: 170 cm
Weight: 67 kg

Senior clubs

Jumper numbers
Melbourne: 2

Family links
Alf Dowsing (Father)Rob Dowsing (Son)

Roy Dowsing

ClubLeagueCareer spanGamesGoalsAvgWin %AKIAHBAMKBV

AFL: 4,753rd player to appear, 2,251st most games played, 2,182nd most goals kickedMelbourne: 579th player to appear, 151st most games played, 167th most goals kicked

Roy Dowsing was twenty-three years of age when, having not played football since school, he made his League debut with Melbourne in 1939. A lightly framed wingman, he was a consistent performer, but only really became an automatic choice for the seniors after world war two. His form improved the longer his career went on, and in 1945 he ran second in the club’s best and fairest count. When he retired after the 1946 season he had played 105 VFL games and booted 45 goals. He later served as a Melbourne committeeman. 

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.