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Key Facts

Full name
Roy Ramsay

Known as
Roy Ramsay

3 January 1956 (age 67)

Age at first & last AFL game
First game: 20y 168d
Last game: 30y 239d

Height and weight
Height: 180 cm
Weight: 82 kg

Senior clubs
North Melbourne; Essendon

Jumper numbers
North Melbourne: 45, 38, 8, 30
Essendon: 36

Recruited from
North Melbourne (1982); Essendon (1983)

Roy Ramsay

ClubLeagueCareer spanGamesGoalsAvgWin %AKIAHBAMKBV
North MelbourneV/AFL1976-1981, 1983-1986123110.0959%10.844.202.857

AFL: 8,844th player to appear, 1,768th most games played, 4,852nd most goals kickedNorth Melbourne: 685th player to appear, 93rd most games played, 345th most goals kickedEssendon: 891st player to appear, 980th most games played, 1,152nd most goals kicked

Roy Ramsay was a solid, unspectacular specialist back pocket player who had two stints with North Melbourne separated by a single season sojourn at Essendon. In his first spell with the Kangas which ran from 1976 to 1981 he was never a first choice senior player, although he invariably did a serviceable job when picked. North played in three grand finals during this period but Ramsay was not selected to play in any of them.

The 1982 season saw Ramsay at Essendon where he struggled to make an impression, managing just 3 senior games. Indeed, the highlight of his time at the club was his victory in the reserves best and fairest award.

It was only really in his second stint at North Melbourne from 1983 to 1986 that Roy Ramsay really managed to display his true potential. For the first three of those seasons he was a near automatic inclusion in the senior team and ended up playing a total of 70 VFL games for thr club in which he kicked 11 goals. A persistent shoulder injury saw him fail to add to his games tally in 1987, which proved to be his last season in the VFL. He rounded off his career by playing for Port Melbourne in the VFA.

Author - John Devaney


Encyclopedia of AFL Footballers by Russell Holmesby & Jim Main; Wikipedia article


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