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Bob Rose

Bob Rose

1946-1955
22

152 CFC Games Played

214 CFC Goals

Date of Birth
7 August 1928
Date of Death
7 July 2003
Recruited From
Nyah West
Collingwood Debut
Round 17, 1946
Height:
178cm
Weight:
74kg

Biography

Bob Rose always will be regarded as one of the most legendary figures at Victoria Park.

His contribution to the club, on and off the field over many years, had been inestimable.

Rose was recruited from country club Nyah West, but the youngster also had great ambitions as a boxer. Rose once fought a 10-round bout at the West Melbourne Stadium, but found greater fame on the football ground.

He was probably the greatest rover of his era and was as tough as he was skilful. Incredibly courageous, Rose would not tolerate letting any rival player win possession of the ball ahead of him.

He won Collingwood’s best and fairest in 1949 and from 1951-53 and was the club’s top goalkicker in 1953 (33 goals).

Rose probably was one of the greatest players never to win a Brownlow Medal, although he was runner-up to Essendon’s Bill Hutchison in 1953.

A regular Victorian representative, Rose won All- Australian honors in 1953 and played in a premiership that year.

He left Collingwood at the end of 1955 to captain/coach Wangaratta Rovers in the Ovens & Murray league, and also set up a sports store in Wangaratta. But the lure of Victoria Park remained strong, and he returned to Collingwood as coach in 1964 to succeed Phonse Kyne.

Rose was desperately unlucky never to take Collingwood to a flag and the one-point loss to St Kilda in the 1966 Grand Final will always haunt Magpie fans.

Rose coached the Magpies to the end of the 1971 and then coached Footscray from 1972-75, taking the Bulldogs to the finals in 1974 for the first time in 12 years.

He was Footscray coach to the end of the 1975 season and made a brief comeback as Collingwood coach in 1985 before handing over to Leigh Matthews during the 1986 season.

Rose joined the Collingwood board in 1984 and, in subsequent years was a key figure behind the scenes at his beloved Victoria Park.

He continued to support the team even after he was diagnosed with cancer in May 2003. His death in July caused a huge outpouring of grief in the football world for a man who was universally respected, and Rhyce Shaw, the man who was wearing Rose’s old No. 22, bore the initials ‘BR’ on the back of his jumper.

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Statistics

CFC Career Stats

Season played Games Goals Finals Win %
1946-1955 152 214 16 66%

CFC Season by Season Stats

Season GP GL B K H T D Guernsey No.
1946 6 7 0 22

1946 Season stats

Hide Season
RD VS Result GL B K H T D Guernsey No. Match Report
Round 17 Western Bulldogs W 1 0 22 View match >
Round 18 Geelong W 3 0 22 View match >
Round 19 Carlton L 0 22 View match >
Semi Final Essendon D 1 0 22 View match >
Semi Final Essendon L 2 0 22 View match >
Preliminary Final Melbourne L 0 22 View match >
Legend
  • #Guernsey
  • GLGoals
  • BBehinds
  • KKicks
  • HHandballs
  • DDisposals
  • MMarks
  • TTackles
*Player goal statistics included VFA (Victorian Football Association) results.
1947 11 22 0 22

1947 Season stats

Hide Season
RD VS Result GL B K H T D Guernsey No. Match Report
Round 1 Fitzroy W 2 0 22 View match >
Round 2 Hawthorn W 3 0 22 View match >
Round 3 Geelong W 2 0 22 View match >
Round 4 Sydney W 1 0 22 View match >
Round 5 Melbourne L 2 0 22 View match >
Round 6 Western Bulldogs L 1 0 22 View match >
Round 7 Richmond L 2 0 22 View match >
Round 8 Essendon W 1 0 22 View match >
Round 9 Carlton W 2 0 22 View match >
Round 10 St Kilda W 3 0 22 View match >
Round 19 Essendon L 3 0 22 View match >
Legend
  • #Guernsey
  • GLGoals
  • BBehinds
  • KKicks
  • HHandballs
  • DDisposals
  • MMarks
  • TTackles
*Player goal statistics included VFA (Victorian Football Association) results.
1948 17 19 0 22

1948 Season stats

Hide Season
RD VS Result GL B K H T D Guernsey No. Match Report
Round 1 North Melbourne W 0 22 View match >
Round 2 Sydney W 4 0 22 View match >
Round 3 Essendon L 1 0 22 View match >
Round 8 Melbourne W 3 0 22 View match >
Round 9 Hawthorn W 0 22 View match >
Round 10 Fitzroy W 2 0 22 View match >
Round 11 Western Bulldogs W 0 22 View match >
Round 12 North Melbourne W 1 0 22 View match >
Round 13 Sydney W 0 22 View match >
Round 14 Essendon L 0 22 View match >
Round 15 Geelong L 0 22 View match >
Round 16 Carlton L 0 22 View match >
Round 17 Richmond W 1 0 22 View match >
Round 18 St Kilda W 1 0 22 View match >
Round 19 Melbourne L 0 22 View match >
Semi Final Western Bulldogs W 2 0 22 View match >
Preliminary Final Melbourne L 4 0 22 View match >
Legend
  • #Guernsey
  • GLGoals
  • BBehinds
  • KKicks
  • HHandballs
  • DDisposals
  • MMarks
  • TTackles
*Player goal statistics included VFA (Victorian Football Association) results.
1949 19 25 0 22

1949 Season stats

Hide Season
RD VS Result GL B K H T D Guernsey No. Match Report
Round 1 North Melbourne W 5 0 22 View match >
Round 2 Melbourne W 2 0 22 View match >
Round 3 Fitzroy L 0 22 View match >
Round 4 Hawthorn W 2 0 22 View match >
Round 5 Carlton L 0 22 View match >
Round 6 Essendon W 2 0 22 View match >
Round 7 Western Bulldogs W 0 22 View match >
Round 8 St Kilda W 3 0 22 View match >
Round 9 Geelong W 0 22 View match >
Round 10 Richmond W 2 0 22 View match >
Round 11 Sydney W 1 0 22 View match >
Round 12 North Melbourne L 0 22 View match >
Round 14 Fitzroy W 1 0 22 View match >
Round 15 Hawthorn W 3 0 22 View match >
Round 16 Carlton W 1 0 22 View match >
Round 17 Essendon L 1 0 22 View match >
Round 18 Western Bulldogs W 1 0 22 View match >
Round 19 St Kilda L 0 22 View match >
Semi Final Essendon L 1 0 22 View match >
Legend
  • #Guernsey
  • GLGoals
  • BBehinds
  • KKicks
  • HHandballs
  • DDisposals
  • MMarks
  • TTackles
*Player goal statistics included VFA (Victorian Football Association) results.
1950 18 28 0 22

1950 Season stats

Hide Season
RD VS Result GL B K H T D Guernsey No. Match Report
Round 1 Sydney L 4 0 22 View match >
Round 2 Fitzroy W 2 0 22 View match >
Round 3 Carlton L 2 0 22 View match >
Round 4 Hawthorn W 1 0 22 View match >
Round 5 Geelong W 1 0 22 View match >
Round 6 Richmond L 0 22 View match >
Round 7 Western Bulldogs W 3 0 22 View match >
Round 8 Melbourne L 0 22 View match >
Round 9 North Melbourne L 0 22 View match >
Round 10 St Kilda W 3 0 22 View match >
Round 11 Essendon L 0 22 View match >
Round 12 Sydney W 1 0 22 View match >
Round 13 Fitzroy L 4 0 22 View match >
Round 14 Carlton W 2 0 22 View match >
Round 15 Hawthorn W 3 0 22 View match >
Round 16 Geelong L 1 0 22 View match >
Round 17 Richmond L 1 0 22 View match >
Round 18 Western Bulldogs W 0 22 View match >
Legend
  • #Guernsey
  • GLGoals
  • BBehinds
  • KKicks
  • HHandballs
  • DDisposals
  • MMarks
  • TTackles
*Player goal statistics included VFA (Victorian Football Association) results.
1951 19 1 0 22

1951 Season stats

Hide Season
RD VS Result GL B K H T D Guernsey No. Match Report
Round 1 North Melbourne W 0 22 View match >
Round 2 Melbourne W 0 22 View match >
Round 3 Geelong W 1 0 22 View match >
Round 4 Essendon L 0 22 View match >
Round 5 Richmond L 0 22 View match >
Round 6 Sydney W 0 22 View match >
Round 7 St Kilda W 0 22 View match >
Round 8 Carlton W 0 22 View match >
Round 9 Hawthorn W 0 22 View match >
Round 11 Fitzroy L 0 22 View match >
Round 12 North Melbourne W 0 22 View match >
Round 13 Melbourne W 0 22 View match >
Round 14 Geelong W 0 22 View match >
Round 15 Essendon W 0 22 View match >
Round 16 Richmond W 0 22 View match >
Round 17 Sydney W 0 22 View match >
Round 18 St Kilda W 0 22 View match >
Semi Final Geelong L 0 22 View match >
Preliminary Final Essendon L 0 22 View match >
Legend
  • #Guernsey
  • GLGoals
  • BBehinds
  • KKicks
  • HHandballs
  • DDisposals
  • MMarks
  • TTackles
*Player goal statistics included VFA (Victorian Football Association) results.
1952 20 29 0 22

1952 Season stats

Hide Season
RD VS Result GL B K H T D Guernsey No. Match Report
Round 1 Hawthorn W 2 0 22 View match >
Round 2 Fitzroy W 0 22 View match >
Round 3 Essendon W 0 22 View match >
Round 4 St Kilda W 1 0 22 View match >
Round 5 Carlton W 1 0 22 View match >
Round 6 Western Bulldogs W 4 0 22 View match >
Round 7 Melbourne L 0 22 View match >
Round 9 North Melbourne L 3 0 22 View match >
Round 10 Sydney W 2 0 22 View match >
Round 11 Richmond W 1 0 22 View match >
Round 12 Geelong L 1 0 22 View match >
Round 14 Fitzroy L 1 0 22 View match >
Round 15 Essendon W 2 0 22 View match >
Round 16 St Kilda W 3 0 22 View match >
Round 17 Carlton L 0 22 View match >
Round 18 Western Bulldogs W 2 0 22 View match >
Round 19 Melbourne W 3 0 22 View match >
Semi Final Geelong L 0 22 View match >
Preliminary Final Fitzroy W 3 0 22 View match >
Grand Final Geelong L 0 22 View match >
Legend
  • #Guernsey
  • GLGoals
  • BBehinds
  • KKicks
  • HHandballs
  • DDisposals
  • MMarks
  • TTackles
*Player goal statistics included VFA (Victorian Football Association) results.
1953 19 36 4 0 22

1953 Season stats

Hide Season
RD VS Result GL B K H T D Guernsey No. Match Report
Round 1 Sydney W 2 0 22 View match >
Round 2 North Melbourne L 2 0 22 View match >
Round 3 Geelong L 3 0 22 View match >
Round 4 Carlton W 3 0 22 View match >
Round 5 Hawthorn W 2 0 22 View match >
Round 6 Richmond W 3 0 22 View match >
Round 7 Western Bulldogs W 0 22 View match >
Round 8 St Kilda W 1 0 22 View match >
Round 9 Melbourne W 0 22 View match >
Round 10 Essendon L 0 22 View match >
Round 11 Fitzroy L 0 22 View match >
Round 13 North Melbourne W 3 0 22 View match >
Round 14 Geelong W 2 0 22 View match >
Round 15 Carlton W 3 0 22 View match >
Round 16 Hawthorn W 1 0 22 View match >
Round 17 Richmond W 1 0 22 View match >
Round 18 Western Bulldogs W 3 0 22 View match >
Semi Final Geelong W 4 0 22 View match >
Grand Final Geelong W 3 4 0 22 View match >
Legend
  • #Guernsey
  • GLGoals
  • BBehinds
  • KKicks
  • HHandballs
  • DDisposals
  • MMarks
  • TTackles
*Player goal statistics included VFA (Victorian Football Association) results.
1954 12 21 0 22

1954 Season stats

Hide Season
RD VS Result GL B K H T D Guernsey No. Match Report
Round 1 Melbourne W 3 0 22 View match >
Round 2 Fitzroy W 3 0 22 View match >
Round 3 St Kilda W 3 0 22 View match >
Round 4 Essendon W 2 0 22 View match >
Round 5 Sydney W 1 0 22 View match >
Round 7 Richmond L 1 0 22 View match >
Round 8 Carlton W 0 22 View match >
Round 9 North Melbourne L 2 0 22 View match >
Round 10 Hawthorn W 0 22 View match >
Round 11 Western Bulldogs W 2 0 22 View match >
Round 12 Melbourne W 1 0 22 View match >
Round 16 Sydney L 3 0 22 View match >
Legend
  • #Guernsey
  • GLGoals
  • BBehinds
  • KKicks
  • HHandballs
  • DDisposals
  • MMarks
  • TTackles
*Player goal statistics included VFA (Victorian Football Association) results.
1955 11 26 0 0 22

1955 Season stats

Hide Season
RD VS Result GL B K H T D Guernsey No. Match Report
Round 2 North Melbourne W 7 0 22 View match >
Round 6 Essendon W 4 0 22 View match >
Round 7 Fitzroy W 4 0 22 View match >
Round 8 Geelong W 1 0 22 View match >
Round 10 Richmond W 1 0 22 View match >
Round 11 Melbourne W 2 0 22 View match >
Round 12 Western Bulldogs L 2 0 22 View match >
Round 13 North Melbourne W 1 0 22 View match >
Semi Final Melbourne L 1 0 22 View match >
Preliminary Final Geelong W 2 0 22 View match >
Grand Final Melbourne L 1 0 0 22 View match >
Legend
  • #Guernsey
  • GLGoals
  • BBehinds
  • KKicks
  • HHandballs
  • DDisposals
  • MMarks
  • TTackles
*Player goal statistics included VFA (Victorian Football Association) results.
Totals 152 214 4
Avg/Game   1.41 0.03
Legend
  • GPGames Played
  • GLGoals
  • BBehinds
  • KKicks
  • HHandballs
  • TTackles
  • DDisposals

Key Facts

CFC Debut Number

497

Total AFL Games
152
Total AFL Goals
214
CFC Debut
Round 17, 1946
CFC Last Game
Grand Final, 1955
Recruited From
Nyah West
Full Name
Bob Rose

Awards

  • AFL Hall of Fame
    1996
  • All Australian
    1953
  • Life Members
    1955
  • Leading Goalkicker (Gordon Coventry Trophy)
    1953
  • CFC Hall of Fame
    2004
  • CFC Team of the Century
  • x4
    E.W. Copeland Trophy (Best and Fairest)
    1949, 1951, 1952, 1953
  • Premiership
    1953
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