Australian Football Celebrating the history of the great Australian game


Key Facts

Full name
Robert Mortimer Furler

Known as
Bob Furler

28 June 1918

13 August 1998 (aged 80)

Age at first & last AFL game
First game: 26y 318d
Last game: 27y 16d

Height and weight
Height: 175 cm
Weight: 83 kg

Senior clubs
Ainslie; North Adelaide; Hawthorn

Jumper numbers
Hawthorn: 30

Family links
Percy Furler (Uncle)

Bob Furler

ClubLeagueCareer spanGamesGoalsAvgWin %AKIAHBAMKBV
North AdelaideSANFL1938-19402640.15
Total1938-1940, 19453240.13

AFL: 5,446th player to appear, 9,318th most games played, 11,478th most goals kickedHawthorn: 346th player to appear, 677th most games played, 819th most goals kicked

Bob Furler was something of the archetypal football nomad who, after starting his league career with North Adelaide in 1938, where he played 26 senior games, then spent some time in Whyalla before joining the RAAF and playing half a dozen games for Hawthorn in 1945 while on active service. After being discharged he enjoyed a brief, but highly successful, stint with Ainslie in the CANFL. In 1947, Furler represented Canberra in section two of the Australian championships in Hobart, where in spite of his team's failure to win a match, he was the recipient of seven Tassie Medal votes, making him a joint winner of the award, along with Western Australia's Les McClements.

Captain-coach of Ainslie in both 1947 and 1948, Furler was successful in steering the side to a premiership in the former year, when the Tricolours won what was described in the local press as "terrifically fast, hard and spectacular"¹ Grand Final against Eastlake by 28 points. Furler had also been a member of Ainslie's premiership winning combination the previous year. In 1947, the rubber stamp to what was a superlative all round season for Furler came when he tied for Ainslie's best and fairest award with his vice-captain, Alan 'Ginty' Stevens.

Author - John Devaney


1. The National Game In The National Capital: 60 Years Of Achievement by Barbara Marshall, page 63.


Full Points Footy's SA Football Companion


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