Australian Football Celebrating the history of the great Australian game


Key Facts

Full name
Rupert McDonald

Known as
Rupe McDonald

17 March 1910

6 November 1969 (aged 59)

Age at first & last AFL game
First game: 19y 111d
Last game: 25y 174d

Height and weight
Height: 184 cm
Weight: 87 kg

Senior clubs

Jumper numbers
Geelong: 6

Rupe McDonald

ClubLeagueCareer spanGamesGoalsAvgWin %AKIAHBAMKBV

Pre 1965 stats are for selected matches only

AFL: 3,589th player to appear, 2,074th most games played, 7,744th most goals kickedGeelong: 353rd player to appear, 146th most games played, 665th most goals kicked

A tough, straight ahead defender whose anticipation was second to none, Rupe McDonald gave Geelong consistently fine service in 111 VFL games between 1929 and 1935. He also represented the VFL once. He lined up on a half back flank in both the losing Grand Final of 1930 against Collingwood, and the winning game a year later against Richmond. In the latter encounter he was among the most effective players on view. Although he had a reputation for never taking a backwards step, he was invariably fair and sporting in his overall approach, and clearly regarded football as, first and foremost, a game to be enjoyed, rather than - as some were beginning to view it - virtually tantamount to a matter of life or death.

Author - John Devaney


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