Australian Football Celebrating the history of the great Australian game


Key Facts

Full name
Stephen Rae

Known as
Stephen Rae

30 April 1952 (age 71)

Age at first & last AFL game
First game: 17y 17d
Last game: 22y 53d

Height and weight
Height: 180 cm
Weight: 84 kg

Senior clubs
St. Kilda; Richmond

Jumper numbers
St. Kilda: 43, 32, 25
Richmond: 25, 13

Recruited from
St. Kilda (1973)

Stephen Rae

ClubLeagueCareer spanGamesGoalsAvgWin %AKIAHBAMKBV
St. KildaV/AFL1969-197355380.6967%9.552.652.092

AFL: 8,157th player to appear, 3,192nd most games played, 2,082nd most goals kickedSt. Kilda: 1,151st player to appear, 279th most games played, 174th most goals kickedRichmond: 752nd player to appear, 520th most games played, 385th most goals kicked

After progressing through the ranks at St Kilda Stephen Rae made his senior league debut in 1969. An elusive, clever half forward flanker who excelled at creative handball he gave the Saints consistent service in 55 VFL games over four and a half seasons in which he booted 36 goals. Midway through the 1973 season he crossed to Richmond, and it proved to be a timely move as the Tigers went top that year, with Rae lining up for them in his customary half forward flank position as they comfortably accounted for the grand final challenge of Carlton. A model of consistency during his time with Richmond, his VFL career was brought to a peremptory end by a serious knee injury sustained in 1974. Four years later he attempted a comeback with the Tigers but only managed a couple of reserve appearances. Crossing to VFA first division side Prahran he crowned his playing career in style by appearing, as centreman, in the 1978 grand final defeat of Preston.

Author - John Devaney


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