Australian Football Celebrating the history of the great Australian game


Key Facts

Full name
Roy Laing

Known as
Roy Laing

4 April 1893

Place of birth
Subiaco, WA (6008)

11 April 1972 (aged 79)

Age at first & last AFL game
First game: 20y 127d
Last game: 32y 65d

Height and weight
Height: 170 cm
Weight: 80 kg

Senior clubs

Jumper numbers
Essendon: 15

State of origin

Family links
Les 'Bruiser' Laing (Brother)

Roy Laing

ClubLeagueCareer spanGamesGoalsAvgWin %AKIAHBAMKBV
EssendonV/AFL1913-1915, 1918-192513130.0249%0
Total1913-1915, 1918-192513130.0249%0

AFL: 2,032nd player to appear, 1,628th most games played, 6,977th most goals kickedEssendon: 249th player to appear, 106th most games played, 619th most goals kicked

West Australian-born Roy Laing was recruited by Essendon from Beverley in 1915 and he quickly developed into a formidable on field presence. Solidly built and of average height he ran fast and hard with his body low to the ground making him difficult to deflect from his course. Strong overhead, he also boasted plenty of flair but was immensely tough as well and fell foul of the VFL Tribunal on more than one occasion. In 1915, for example, he was suspended for a total of twelve weeks.

Most of Laing's football, including several games for Victoria and the back to back premiership sides of 1923-4, was played across half back. His league career comprised 130 games in which he kicked 3 goals between 1913 and 1915 and from 1918 to 1925, the Dons not fielding a team in the war years of 1916 and 1917.

Roy Laing later undertook a coaching stint with VFA club Camberwell.

Author - John Devaney


Encyclopedia of AFL Footballers by Russell Holmesby & Jim Main; Those Magnificent Men 1897-1987 by Michael Maplestone


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