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Bob Rush

Bob Rush

1899-1908

143 CFC Games Played

1 CFC Goals

Date of Birth
9 October 1880
Date of Death
13 March 1975
Recruited From
CBC, Richmond
Collingwood Debut
Round 2, 1899
Height:
177cm
Weight:
80kg

Biography

Rush probably achieved more for football, on and off the field, than any other man.

The champion back pocket not only played for Collingwood for 10 seasons, but also served as assistant secretary in 1903 and became the club’s treasurer in 1908, immediately after his retirement.

He continued his position as treasurer until 1950 and during that time was a League delegate for 29 years (1927-45) and president of the Australian National Football Council for eleven (1935-45).

His greatest acknowledgment was arguably his induction into the Order of the British Empire for his services to football in 1961, the only Collingwood player to ever be honoured in that manner.

He also was president of the Australian National Football Council, a VFL delegate and League treasurer.

It was even Rush who gave Collingwood its famous club motto – Floreat Pica – (May the Magpie Prosper). Rush coined the term when he was acting club treasurer after the 1910 premiership, believing it helped reaffirm Collingwood’s uniqueness, spirit and prosperity.

Rush was recruited from CBC Parade, and played almost exclusively in the back pocket or on a half-back flank. He was a fine defender with pace, persistence and ability and was always a worker in the backline.

Rush made his debut for the Magpies in 1899 in round two against Melbourne. His first game was disheartening with the team only managing four goals in a 27-point loss to the visitors at Victoria Park.

Thankfully the experience did not deter him from playing with Collingwood as he continued with the club for another ten seasons amassing 143 games.

Rush was considered a fine defender with excellent pace and agility. He tasted premiership glory as a player in the 1902 and 1903 seasons.

In the Magpies 1930 premiership win, Rush was given coaching duties because of head coach, Jock McHale, suffering an illness which forced him to miss the game.

The team headed into the half 21-points down to the Geelong side that looked tougher and faster than the boys from Victoria Park.

Rush sat the team down at the half and pleaded with the players to pick up their intensity because McHale was listening on the radio. The interim coach told the players that McHale would know who was and wasn’t pulling their weight and they needed increase the intensity for their sick coach.

Twenty-five minutes later after the teams took the field; Collingwood kicked 8.6 to Geelong’s solitary behind and secured the club’s 10th VFL/AFL premiership.

He played in the 1902-03 Collingwood premiership sides and his four brothers – Bryan (Collingwood), Gerald and Kevin (Richmond) and Leo (Melbourne and Richmond) all played senior League football.

Robert Thomas Rush continued supporting the Collingwood Football Club up until his death on 3 March 1975.

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Statistics

CFC Career Stats

Season played Games Goals Finals Win %
1899-1908 143 1 8 67%

CFC Season by Season Stats

Season GP GL B K H T D Guernsey No.
1899 13 1 0

1899 Season stats

Hide Season
RD VS Result GL B K H T D Guernsey No. Match Report
Round 2 Melbourne L 0 View match >
Round 3 St Kilda W 0 View match >
Round 4 Sydney W 0 View match >
Round 5 Carlton W 0 View match >
Round 6 Fitzroy L 0 View match >
Round 7 Essendon W 0 View match >
Round 8 Geelong L 0 View match >
Round 9 Melbourne W 0 View match >
Round 10 St Kilda W 0 View match >
Round 12 Carlton W 0 View match >
Round 14 Essendon W 1 0 View match >
Round 15 Melbourne W 0 View match >
Round 16 Carlton W 0 View match >
Legend
  • #Guernsey
  • GLGoals
  • BBehinds
  • KKicks
  • HHandballs
  • DDisposals
  • MMarks
  • TTackles
*Player goal statistics included VFA (Victorian Football Association) results.
1900 14 0

1900 Season stats

Hide Season
RD VS Result GL B K H T D Guernsey No. Match Report
Round 2 Geelong L 0 View match >
Round 5 St Kilda W 0 View match >
Round 6 Carlton L 0 View match >
Round 7 Melbourne L 0 View match >
Round 8 Fitzroy L 0 View match >
Round 9 Geelong W 0 View match >
Round 10 Sydney L 0 View match >
Round 11 Essendon W 0 View match >
Round 12 St Kilda W 0 View match >
Round 13 Carlton W 0 View match >
Round 14 Melbourne W 0 View match >
Round 15 St Kilda W 0 View match >
Round 16 Geelong L 0 View match >
Round 17 Melbourne W 0 View match >
Legend
  • #Guernsey
  • GLGoals
  • BBehinds
  • KKicks
  • HHandballs
  • DDisposals
  • MMarks
  • TTackles
*Player goal statistics included VFA (Victorian Football Association) results.
1901 15 0

1901 Season stats

Hide Season
RD VS Result GL B K H T D Guernsey No. Match Report
Round 2 Carlton W 0 View match >
Round 3 Sydney L 0 View match >
Round 4 Melbourne W 0 View match >
Round 5 Geelong W 0 View match >
Round 6 Fitzroy W 0 View match >
Round 7 St Kilda W 0 View match >
Round 8 Essendon W 0 View match >
Round 9 Carlton W 0 View match >
Round 10 Sydney L 0 View match >
Round 11 Melbourne L 0 View match >
Round 12 Geelong L 0 View match >
Round 13 Fitzroy W 0 View match >
Round 15 Melbourne W 0 View match >
Round 16 Fitzroy L 0 View match >
Round 17 St Kilda W 0 View match >
Legend
  • #Guernsey
  • GLGoals
  • BBehinds
  • KKicks
  • HHandballs
  • DDisposals
  • MMarks
  • TTackles
*Player goal statistics included VFA (Victorian Football Association) results.
1902 16 0

1902 Season stats

Hide Season
RD VS Result GL B K H T D Guernsey No. Match Report
Round 1 Sydney W 0 View match >
Round 5 St Kilda W 0 View match >
Round 6 Essendon L 0 View match >
Round 7 Carlton W 0 View match >
Round 8 Sydney W 0 View match >
Round 9 Melbourne W 0 View match >
Round 10 Geelong W 0 View match >
Round 11 Fitzroy W 0 View match >
Round 12 St Kilda W 0 View match >
Round 13 Essendon W 0 View match >
Round 14 Carlton W 0 View match >
Round 15 Sydney W 0 View match >
Round 16 Fitzroy W 0 View match >
Round 17 Geelong W 0 View match >
Semi Final Fitzroy L 0 View match >
Grand Final Essendon W 0 View match >
Legend
  • #Guernsey
  • GLGoals
  • BBehinds
  • KKicks
  • HHandballs
  • DDisposals
  • MMarks
  • TTackles
*Player goal statistics included VFA (Victorian Football Association) results.
1903 18 0 16

1903 Season stats

Hide Season
RD VS Result GL B K H T D Guernsey No. Match Report
Round 1 Carlton L 0 View match >
Round 3 St Kilda W 0 View match >
Round 4 Fitzroy L 0 16 View match >
Round 5 Melbourne W 0 View match >
Round 6 Geelong W 0 View match >
Round 7 Essendon W 0 View match >
Round 8 Carlton W 0 View match >
Round 9 Sydney W 0 View match >
Round 10 St Kilda W 0 View match >
Round 11 Fitzroy W 0 View match >
Round 12 Melbourne W 0 View match >
Round 13 Geelong W 0 View match >
Round 14 Essendon W 0 View match >
Round 15 St Kilda W 0 View match >
Round 16 Carlton W 0 View match >
Round 17 Melbourne W 0 View match >
Semi Final Carlton W 0 View match >
Grand Final Fitzroy W 0 View match >
Legend
  • #Guernsey
  • GLGoals
  • BBehinds
  • KKicks
  • HHandballs
  • DDisposals
  • MMarks
  • TTackles
*Player goal statistics included VFA (Victorian Football Association) results.
1904 18 0

1904 Season stats

Hide Season
RD VS Result GL B K H T D Guernsey No. Match Report
Round 1 Geelong W 0 0 View match >
Round 2 Melbourne W 0 0 View match >
Round 3 Sydney L 0 0 View match >
Round 4 Fitzroy W 0 0 View match >
Round 5 Carlton L 0 0 View match >
Round 6 Essendon W 0 0 View match >
Round 7 St Kilda L 0 0 View match >
Round 8 Geelong W 0 0 View match >
Round 9 Melbourne L 0 0 View match >
Round 10 Sydney L 0 0 View match >
Round 11 Fitzroy W 0 0 View match >
Round 12 Carlton L 0 0 View match >
Round 13 Essendon L 0 View match >
Round 14 St Kilda W 0 View match >
Round 15 Carlton W 0 View match >
Round 16 St Kilda W 0 View match >
Round 17 Melbourne W 0 View match >
Semi Final Fitzroy L 0 View match >
Legend
  • #Guernsey
  • GLGoals
  • BBehinds
  • KKicks
  • HHandballs
  • DDisposals
  • MMarks
  • TTackles
*Player goal statistics included VFA (Victorian Football Association) results.
1905 19 0

1905 Season stats

Hide Season
RD VS Result GL B K H T D Guernsey No. Match Report
Round 1 Fitzroy L 0 View match >
Round 2 Carlton W 0 View match >
Round 3 St Kilda W 0 View match >
Round 4 Melbourne W 0 View match >
Round 5 Sydney W 0 View match >
Round 6 Geelong W 0 View match >
Round 7 Essendon W 0 View match >
Round 8 Fitzroy W 0 View match >
Round 9 Carlton W 0 View match >
Round 10 St Kilda W 0 View match >
Round 11 Melbourne W 0 0 View match >
Round 12 Sydney W 0 View match >
Round 13 Geelong W 0 View match >
Round 14 Essendon L 0 View match >
Round 15 Carlton W 0 View match >
Round 16 Melbourne W 0 View match >
Round 17 Sydney W 0 0 View match >
Semi Final Carlton L 0 View match >
Grand Final Fitzroy L 0 View match >
Legend
  • #Guernsey
  • GLGoals
  • BBehinds
  • KKicks
  • HHandballs
  • DDisposals
  • MMarks
  • TTackles
*Player goal statistics included VFA (Victorian Football Association) results.
1906 8 0

1906 Season stats

Hide Season
RD VS Result GL B K H T D Guernsey No. Match Report
Round 1 Geelong W 0 View match >
Round 2 Sydney L 0 View match >
Round 3 Fitzroy W 0 View match >
Round 4 Carlton L 0 View match >
Round 6 Essendon L 0 View match >
Round 7 Melbourne W 0 View match >
Round 8 Geelong W 0 View match >
Round 10 Fitzroy L 0 View match >
Legend
  • #Guernsey
  • GLGoals
  • BBehinds
  • KKicks
  • HHandballs
  • DDisposals
  • MMarks
  • TTackles
*Player goal statistics included VFA (Victorian Football Association) results.
1907 17 0

1907 Season stats

Hide Season
RD VS Result GL B K H T D Guernsey No. Match Report
Round 1 Fitzroy W 0 View match >
Round 2 St Kilda L 0 View match >
Round 3 Sydney L 0 View match >
Round 4 Melbourne L 0 View match >
Round 5 Essendon W 0 View match >
Round 6 Carlton L 0 View match >
Round 7 Geelong W 0 View match >
Round 8 Fitzroy W 0 View match >
Round 9 St Kilda W 0 View match >
Round 10 Sydney W 0 View match >
Round 11 Melbourne W 0 View match >
Round 12 Essendon W 0 View match >
Round 13 Carlton L 0 View match >
Round 15 St Kilda L 0 View match >
Round 16 Fitzroy L 0 View match >
Round 17 Geelong L 0 View match >
Semi Final Sydney L 0 View match >
Legend
  • #Guernsey
  • GLGoals
  • BBehinds
  • KKicks
  • HHandballs
  • DDisposals
  • MMarks
  • TTackles
*Player goal statistics included VFA (Victorian Football Association) results.
1908 5 0

1908 Season stats

Hide Season
RD VS Result GL B K H T D Guernsey No. Match Report
Round 1 Geelong L 0 View match >
Round 2 Fitzroy L 0 View match >
Round 3 University W 0 View match >
Round 7 St Kilda L 0 View match >
Round 9 Sydney L 0 View match >
Legend
  • #Guernsey
  • GLGoals
  • BBehinds
  • KKicks
  • HHandballs
  • DDisposals
  • MMarks
  • TTackles
*Player goal statistics included VFA (Victorian Football Association) results.
Totals 143 1
Avg/Game   0.01
Legend
  • GPGames Played
  • GLGoals
  • BBehinds
  • KKicks
  • HHandballs
  • TTackles
  • DDisposals

Key Facts

CFC Debut Number

43

Total AFL Games
143
Total AFL Goals
1
CFC Debut
Round 2, 1899
CFC Last Game
Round 9, 1908
Recruited From
CBC, Richmond
Full Name
Bob Rush

Awards

  • Life Members
    1909
  • CFC Hall of Fame
    2008
  • x2
    Premiership
    1902, 1903
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