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Key Facts

Full name
Ian Robertson

Known as
Ian Robertson

25 January 1946 (age 77)

Age at first & last AFL game
First game: 20y 90d
Last game: 28y 176d

Height and weight
Height: 185 cm
Weight: 92 kg

Senior clubs
Carlton; Footscray; Oakleigh

Jumper numbers
Carlton: 34
Footscray: 24

Recruited from
Carlton (1974)

Family links
Ben Robertson (Nephew)

Ian Robertson

ClubLeagueCareer spanGamesGoalsAvgWin %AKIAHBAMKBV

AFL: 7,788th player to appear, 1,672nd most games played, 1,244th most goals kickedCarlton: 779th player to appear, 121st most games played, 115th most goals kickedFootscray: 636th player to appear, 841st most games played, 738th most goals kicked

Ian Robertson was an elegantly eye catching wingman who, on his day, was as good as any in the VFL. He joined Carlton from Dalyston, and his 125 games between 1966 and 1974 included the winning Grand Finals of 1968 against Essendon, 1970 against Collingwood (reviewed here), and 1972 against Richmond. In the Essendon game, he was some observers' choice as best afield.

A superb drop kick and a fine mark, Robertson crossed to Footscray in 1974 and added a final four VFL games to his career tally before crossing to VFA first division club Oakleigh as captain-coach the following year. The Devils did not enjoy a good season, however, and failed to contest the finals for the first time since 1970. Ian Robertson later became a TV football commentator on Channel Seven.

Author - John Devaney


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