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Key Facts

Full name
Russell Cook

Known as
Russell Cook

23 September 1947 (age 75)

Age at first & last AFL game
First game: 18y 261d
Last game: 27y 334d

Height and weight
Height: 185 cm
Weight: 85 kg

Senior clubs
South Melbourne

Jumper numbers
South Melbourne: 17

Russell Cook

ClubLeagueCareer spanGamesGoalsAvgWin %AKIAHBAMKBV
South MelbourneV/AFL1966-1975164540.3329%12.422.845.2620

AFL: 7,828th player to appear, 1,042nd most games played, 1,921st most goals kickedSouth Melbourne: 921st player to appear, 52nd most games played, 138th most goals kicked

Despite conceding centimetres to most opponents Russell Cook was a highly effective ruckman for South Melbourne between 1966 and 1975 during which he played 164 VFL games and kicked 54 goals. He was also sometimes used, to equivalent effect, at centre half forward where his strong marking ability served him well. Voted the Swans' best and fairest player in 1972 it would probably be reasonable to suggest that he tended to be underrated, but opponents who took such a view would do so at their peril.

Cook was also a fine cricketer who played seven first class games for Victoria.

Author - John Devaney


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