Australian Football Celebrating the history of the great Australian game


Key Facts

Full name
Charles Ricketts

Known as
Charlie Ricketts

3 July 1885

7 March 1960 (aged 74)

Age at first & last AFL game
First game: 20y 306d
Last game: 35y 343d

Height and weight
Height: 173 cm
Weight: 68 kg

Senior clubs
South Melbourne; Richmond; St. Kilda

Jumper numbers
South Melbourne: 1
Richmond: 6
St. Kilda: 1

Recruited from
South Melbourne (1913); Richmond (1921)

Charlie Ricketts

ClubLeagueCareer spanGamesGoalsAvgWin %AKIAHBAMKBV
South MelbourneV/AFL1906-191282470.5766%0
St. KildaV/AFL1921520.4020%0
V/AFL1906-1914, 1921103600.5857%0
Total1904-1914, 1921103600.58

AFL: 1,130th player to appear, 2,305th most games played, 1,751st most goals kickedSouth Melbourne: 177th player to appear, 183rd most games played, 156th most goals kickedRichmond: 115th player to appear, 565th most games played, 373rd most goals kickedSt. Kilda: 522nd player to appear, 1,057th most games played, 798th most goals kicked

Charlie Ricketts was a tremendously skilled rover whose use of the ball was impeccable. He commenced his senior career in the VFA with Richmond, and was first rover as the yellow and blacks overcame North Melbourne in the 1905 Grand Final. He crossed to South Melbourne in the VFL in 1906 and went on to play 82 league games and boot 47 goals over the course of the ensuing seven seasons. He was also a clever tactician, and captain-coached South to the 1909 flag, as well as to a runner-up spot three years later.

In 1913, Ricketts returned to Richmond, which by this time was a league club, after being somewhat surprisingly passed over for the South Melbourne captaincy. Ricketts played 16 games and kicked 11 goals in two seasons with the Tigers. In 1920 he was appointed non-playing coach of St Kilda but returned to the fray briefly as a player (five games, one goal) the following year.

Author - John Devaney


Full Points Footy Publications, Richmond VFA statistics courtesy of


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