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Key Facts

Full name
Kenneth Ian Albiston

Known as
Ken Albiston

11 November 1926

Place of birth
Balwyn, VIC (3103)

20 June 2018 (aged 91)

Age at first & last AFL game
First game: 19y 251d
Last game: 27y 318d

Height and weight
Height: 171 cm
Weight: 68 kg

Senior clubs
Richmond; Melbourne

Jumper numbers
Richmond: 8
Melbourne: 6

Recruited from
MHS OB (1946); Richmond (1952)

State of origin

Family links
Harold Albiston (Brother)Alec Albiston (Brother)David Albiston (Nephew)

Ken Albiston

ClubLeagueCareer spanGamesGoalsAvgWin %AKIAHBAMKBV

Pre 1965 stats are for selected matches only

AFL: 5,610th player to appear, 2,353rd most games played, 846th most goals kickedRichmond: 461st player to appear, 275th most games played, 102nd most goals kickedMelbourne: 725th player to appear, 364th most games played, 152nd most goals kicked

Not quite blessed with the same ability as his older brother Alec, Ken Albiston was nevertheless a useful footballer, as he proved by giving creditable service to two League clubs. He was spotted by Richmond while playing in the VAFA with Melbourne High School Old Boys, whom he ironically left just prior to the club's securing its first ever B Section premiership.

That was in 1946, and it could perhaps be called doubly ironic in that Richmond, which had been a force for much of the previous two decades, was about to experience a prolonged decline. Indeed, during Albiston's six season, 58-game stint with the Tigers they only took part in one finals match - the losing first semi final of 1947 against Fitzroy.

Albiston's next club, Melbourne, was by contrast re-emerging as a power when he arrived and in 1954 the Demons made it through as far as a Grand Final clash with Footscray. In what proved to be the last of his 45-game stint with the club, Ken Albiston produced a fine display as second rover, changing in the forward pocket with Stuart Spencer, but he could not prevent the Bulldogs from romping to a conclusive win.

Author - John Devaney


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* Behinds calculated from the 1965 season on.
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