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Key Facts

Full name
Robert Dean

Known as
Robert Dean

20 October 1950 (age 72)

Age at first & last AFL game
First game: 18y 272d
Last game: 29y 170d

Height and weight
Height: 189 cm
Weight: 83 kg

Senior clubs
Collingwood; South Melbourne

Jumper numbers
Collingwood: 40, 26
South Melbourne: 18

Recruited from
Collingwood (1976)

Robert Dean

ClubLeagueCareer spanGamesGoalsAvgWin %AKIAHBAMKBV
South MelbourneV/AFL1976-198066811.2347%9.623.564.619

AFL: 8,196th player to appear, 761st most games played, 886th most goals kickedCollingwood: 706th player to appear, 145th most games played, 205th most goals kickedSouth Melbourne: 1,039th player to appear, 238th most games played, 89th most goals kicked

A product of Ivanhoe Amateurs, Robert Dean was recruited by Collingwood, and made his VFL debut in 1969. Tall (189cm), athletic, strong overhead and pacy, the Magpies used him mainly on the wing before trying him at centre half forward towards the end of his stint with them. His 121 games for the club between 1969 and 1975 included the infamous losing Grand Final of 1970 against Carlton. 

In 1976 Dean crossed to South Melbourne where his aerial prowess was utilised to good effect, chiefly at centre half forward. He topped the Swans' goal kicking list in his first season at the club with 37 goals, and went on to amass 81 in 66 games over five seasons to add to the 37 he had booted for the Magpies.

Author - John Devaney


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