Australian Football Celebrating the history of the great Australian game


Key Facts

Full name
Robert Ross

Known as
Bob Ross

17 August 1908

3 July 1988 (aged 79)

Age at first & last AFL game
First game: 20y 323d
Last game: 22y 265d

Height and weight
Height: 163 cm
Weight: 58 kg

Senior clubs
Collingwood; Northcote

Jumper numbers
Collingwood: 23, 25, 24

Recruited from
Collingwood (1932)

Family links
Jack Ross (Brother)

Bob Ross

ClubLeagueCareer spanGamesGoalsAvgWin %AKIAHBAMKBV

Pre 1965 stats are for selected matches only

AFL: 3,590th player to appear, 8,141st most games played, 4,908th most goals kickedCollingwood: 324th player to appear, 714th most games played, 427th most goals kicked

After struggling to hold down a senior berth at Collingwood, where he managed just 10 VFL games in two and a half seasons, Bob Ross moved to Northcote and became one of the foremost VFA footballers of his generation. He made his debut with the Brickfielders midway through the 1931 season, and the following year won the Recorder Cup as the Association's best and fairest player. Even more importantly, he helped his side reach the Grand Final, where it scored a hard earned 26-point win over Coburg.

A tough, influential and highly skilled rover, Ross played a total of 139 senior games for Northcote, and went on to be a member of further premiership teams in 1933-4 and 1936. He would be a shoe-in for inclusion in any official Northcote 'Team of the Twentieth Century'.

Author - John Devaney


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