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Key Facts

Full name
Gordon Kitchener Rattray

Known as
Gordon Rattray

Born
19 October 1898

Died
10 December 1964 (aged 66)

Age at first & last AFL game
First game: 18y 254d
Last game: 29y 213d

Height and weight
Height: 180 cm
Weight: 76 kg

Senior clubs
Fitzroy; Brighton

Jumper numbers
Fitzroy: 27, 7, 26

Gordon Rattray

ClubLeagueCareer spanGamesGoalsAvgWin %AKIAHBAMKBV
FitzroyV/AFL1917, 1919-1924, 192887650.7556%0
BrightonVFA1925-1927
Total1917, 1919-192887650.75

AFL: 2,303rd player to appear, 2,718th most games played, 1,616th most goals kickedFitzroy: 248th player to appear, 130th most games played, 70th most goals kicked

A product of Wesley College, Gordon Rattray made his VFL debut with Fitzroy in 1917, while still a schoolboy. He went on to be one of the 'Roys best players in that year's Challenge Final against Collingwood, which the Magpies won by 35 points. After missing the entire 1918 season while on military duties, Rattray resumed his VFL career in 1919, and went on to establish himself as a key member of the Fitzroy side that would emerge as one of post World War I football's principal powers.

A half forward flank specialist who boasted commendable all round skills, and whose kicking was fêted as just about the best in the game at the time, Rattray had played a total of 87 VFL games and kicked 65 goals by the time he retired in 1928. Among those games were the Challenge Finals of 1922 (won) and 1923 (lost) against Collingwood and Essendon respectively. Rattray, who won the Maroons' best and fairest trophy in 1921, was appointed club skipper in 1923, and again in his final season, when he also coached the side. He played interstate football for the VFL on five occasions.

In 1925, Rattray temporarily left Fitzroy after  being appointed playing coach of Brighton, a club that had been in the VFA since 1908 without ever contesting the finals. Under Rattray, Brighton rectified this in 1926 by finishing as runner-up to Coburg, a result that was duplicated in 1927. Rattray continued to show fine personal form as a player during his time with Brighton, playing for the most part as an attacking centre half back. 

Author - John Devaney

Sources

Full Points Footy Publications

Footnotes

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