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Kevin Rose

Kevin Rose

1958-1967
29
Other Guernsey Nos.
14, 15, 3, 48

159 CFC Games Played

47 CFC Goals

Date of Birth
4 June 1939
Recruited From
Nyah West
Collingwood Debut
Round 16, 1958
Height:
184cm
Weight:
86kg

Biography

By Glenn McFarlane:

If the essence of football is about rising to the occasion, and giving your best when the greatest reward is at stake, Kevin Rose deserves to rank highly at the Collingwood Football Club.
He might not have possessed the finest set of skills, and he might sometimes have been unfairly judged in comparison to his almost peerless brother, Bob, but Kevin Rose was a solid contributor who rarely let his teammates down in 10 seasons and 159 matches.

Across that span of time, he played in four Grand Finals, and although he only won flag, Rose was a considerable performer in all of them.

He came to the club from Nyah West – as Bob had – and would be third of four Rose brothers to represent the Magpies in the seniors.

His association with Collingwood started as a 15-year-old in the under 19s in 1955 – in Bob’s last year as a Magpie player – and it would take him considerable time to make his mark on the club.

Finally, in 1958, Kevin Rose got his chance, and he would grasp it with open arms, and a steely determination to succeed.

Rose would win the club’s reserves best-and-fairest in that memorable season, but he got his chance late in the year to push for senior selection.

He made his senior debut against Carlton in Round 16, but spent the first three of his matches as the reserve. His first full game came in the 1958 preliminary final against North Melbourne, and he would perform well enough to guarantee his spot in the Grand Final against Melbourne the following week.

On that famous day in Collingwood’s history, the team had seven players who had played fewer than 20 matches, and the average age was 22 years and 344 days. Rose was in his fifth game – and only his second full game – and he was only 19 years of age. But he played his role at half-back well in what was arguably the biggest upset in Grand Final history, as the young Magpies downed the Demons.

He only managed three games the following year, but went on to prove himself as a durable footballer in the years after – once playing 112 games in succession.

Rose had a competitive spirit and a team-first attitude that endeared him to coach Phonse Kyne in his early years, even if sometimes his ungainly kicking style caused some heartburn.

He explained in A Century of the Best: “I learned early just to play within my limitations, and to make the most out of what ability I did have. I guess I was never in the first three picked each week, but I still played a lot of games.”

Few Collingwood players could hold their heads up high in the 1960 Grand Final thrashing at the hands of Melbourne, but Rose was one of them. He never stopped trying, even though the odds were against him and the game – and the premiership – was long gone.

But it was his performance on Ron Barassi in the 1964 Grand Final that won him the highest individual accolades. By that stage, Rose had transformed into an industrious ruck rover and his brother Bob was in his first year of coaching Collingwood.

Kevin kept the game’s highest-profile and most-damaging player uncharacteristically quiet. At one stage, he also had the honour of having Barassi shifted off him for a period.

But sadly his hopes of another premiership were thwarted when in the dying moments of the game Demon back pocket player Neil Crompton streamed down the ground following his opponent and kicked the winning goal. It was heartbreaking for Rose, and for the Magpies, losing by only four points.

More pain would come two years later when St Kilda edged out Collingwood to win the 1966 Grand Final by a solitary point.

Fittingly, Rose’s last game came in a final – the 1967 first semi-final against Geelong. It shouldn’t have surprised anyone that he was one of Collingwood’s best players that day, kicking a goal and having more than 20 disposals. Frustratingly, it ended with a loss.

That was the end of Rose’s time at Collingwood as a player, as he moved to Prahran in the VFA where he had more success as a player and coach, and he also would later coach Fitzroy in the VFL.

But that was not the end of his contribution to the Magpies. Later, as a president, and board member, he served the club with distinction.

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Statistics

CFC Career Stats

Season played Games Goals Finals Win %
1958-1967 159 47 14 59%

CFC Season by Season Stats

Season GP GL B K H T D Guernsey No.
1958 5 0 0 0 48, 15

1958 Season stats

Hide Season
RD VS Result GL B K H T D Guernsey No. Match Report
Round 16 Carlton W 0 48 View match >
Round 17 Richmond W 0 48 View match >
Semi Final Melbourne L 0 48 View match >
Preliminary Final North Melbourne W 0 48 View match >
Grand Final Melbourne W 0 0 0 15 View match >
Legend
  • #Guernsey
  • GLGoals
  • BBehinds
  • KKicks
  • HHandballs
  • DDisposals
  • MMarks
  • TTackles
*Player goal statistics included VFA (Victorian Football Association) results.
1959 3 0 14

1959 Season stats

Hide Season
RD VS Result GL B K H T D Guernsey No. Match Report
Round 1 Sydney L 0 14 View match >
Round 9 Essendon W 0 14 View match >
Round 10 North Melbourne W 0 14 View match >
Legend
  • #Guernsey
  • GLGoals
  • BBehinds
  • KKicks
  • HHandballs
  • DDisposals
  • MMarks
  • TTackles
*Player goal statistics included VFA (Victorian Football Association) results.
1960 18 0 0 0 29

1960 Season stats

Hide Season
RD VS Result GL B K H T D Guernsey No. Match Report
Round 1 Fitzroy W 0 29 View match >
Round 2 Hawthorn W 0 29 View match >
Round 3 Essendon L 0 29 View match >
Round 4 Melbourne W 0 29 View match >
Round 5 St Kilda L 0 29 View match >
Round 6 Sydney L 0 29 View match >
Round 7 North Melbourne L 0 29 View match >
Round 8 Carlton W 0 29 View match >
Round 9 Western Bulldogs W 0 29 View match >
Round 10 Richmond W 0 29 View match >
Round 14 Essendon W 0 29 View match >
Round 15 Melbourne L 0 29 View match >
Round 16 St Kilda W 0 29 View match >
Round 17 Sydney W 0 29 View match >
Round 18 North Melbourne W 0 29 View match >
Semi Final Essendon W 0 29 View match >
Preliminary Final Fitzroy W 0 29 View match >
Grand Final Melbourne L 0 0 0 29 View match >
Legend
  • #Guernsey
  • GLGoals
  • BBehinds
  • KKicks
  • HHandballs
  • DDisposals
  • MMarks
  • TTackles
*Player goal statistics included VFA (Victorian Football Association) results.
1961 18 6 0 29

1961 Season stats

Hide Season
RD VS Result GL B K H T D Guernsey No. Match Report
Round 1 Geelong L 0 29 View match >
Round 2 Richmond L 0 29 View match >
Round 3 North Melbourne W 0 29 View match >
Round 4 Western Bulldogs L 0 29 View match >
Round 5 Fitzroy L 0 29 View match >
Round 6 Carlton L 0 29 View match >
Round 7 Essendon W 0 29 View match >
Round 8 Melbourne L 0 29 View match >
Round 9 St Kilda W 0 29 View match >
Round 10 Sydney W 1 0 29 View match >
Round 11 Hawthorn L 1 0 29 View match >
Round 12 Geelong L 0 29 View match >
Round 13 Richmond W 2 0 29 View match >
Round 14 North Melbourne L 0 29 View match >
Round 15 Western Bulldogs L 0 29 View match >
Round 16 Fitzroy L 1 0 29 View match >
Round 17 Carlton L 1 0 29 View match >
Round 18 Essendon D 0 29 View match >
Legend
  • #Guernsey
  • GLGoals
  • BBehinds
  • KKicks
  • HHandballs
  • DDisposals
  • MMarks
  • TTackles
*Player goal statistics included VFA (Victorian Football Association) results.
1962 17 9 0 29

1962 Season stats

Hide Season
RD VS Result GL B K H T D Guernsey No. Match Report
Round 1 St Kilda L 0 29 View match >
Round 2 Hawthorn L 0 29 View match >
Round 3 Sydney W 0 29 View match >
Round 5 Geelong W 2 0 29 View match >
Round 6 Carlton W 0 29 View match >
Round 7 Western Bulldogs L 0 29 View match >
Round 8 North Melbourne W 0 29 View match >
Round 9 Fitzroy W 1 0 29 View match >
Round 10 Richmond W 0 29 View match >
Round 11 Essendon L 0 29 View match >
Round 12 St Kilda L 0 29 View match >
Round 13 Hawthorn W 1 0 29 View match >
Round 14 Sydney W 0 29 View match >
Round 15 Melbourne L 3 0 29 View match >
Round 16 Geelong L 2 0 29 View match >
Round 17 Carlton L 0 29 View match >
Round 18 Western Bulldogs W 0 29 View match >
Legend
  • #Guernsey
  • GLGoals
  • BBehinds
  • KKicks
  • HHandballs
  • DDisposals
  • MMarks
  • TTackles
*Player goal statistics included VFA (Victorian Football Association) results.
1963 18 10 0 29

1963 Season stats

Hide Season
RD VS Result GL B K H T D Guernsey No. Match Report
Round 1 Richmond W 3 0 29 View match >
Round 2 North Melbourne L 0 29 View match >
Round 3 Hawthorn L 0 29 View match >
Round 4 St Kilda L 0 29 View match >
Round 5 Melbourne W 0 29 View match >
Round 6 Fitzroy W 1 0 29 View match >
Round 7 Essendon L 0 29 View match >
Round 8 Carlton W 0 29 View match >
Round 9 Western Bulldogs W 1 0 29 View match >
Round 10 Sydney W 2 0 29 View match >
Round 11 Geelong L 0 29 View match >
Round 12 Richmond L 0 29 View match >
Round 13 North Melbourne L 0 29 View match >
Round 14 Hawthorn L 0 29 View match >
Round 15 St Kilda L 1 0 29 View match >
Round 16 Melbourne L 0 29 View match >
Round 17 Fitzroy W 2 0 29 View match >
Round 18 Essendon L 0 29 View match >
Legend
  • #Guernsey
  • GLGoals
  • BBehinds
  • KKicks
  • HHandballs
  • DDisposals
  • MMarks
  • TTackles
*Player goal statistics included VFA (Victorian Football Association) results.
1964 21 9 2 0 29

1964 Season stats

Hide Season
RD VS Result GL B K H T D Guernsey No. Match Report
Round 1 Fitzroy W 0 29 View match >
Round 2 Geelong L 0 29 View match >
Round 3 Western Bulldogs W 0 29 View match >
Round 4 Sydney W 2 0 29 View match >
Round 5 Carlton W 1 0 29 View match >
Round 6 Essendon L 0 29 View match >
Round 7 North Melbourne W 1 0 29 View match >
Round 8 Richmond W 0 29 View match >
Round 9 Melbourne L 0 29 View match >
Round 10 Hawthorn L 0 29 View match >
Round 11 St Kilda W 0 29 View match >
Round 12 Fitzroy W 1 0 29 View match >
Round 13 Geelong W 0 29 View match >
Round 14 Western Bulldogs W 1 0 29 View match >
Round 15 Sydney W 0 29 View match >
Round 16 Carlton D 1 0 29 View match >
Round 17 Essendon W 0 29 View match >
Round 18 North Melbourne W 1 0 29 View match >
Semi Final Melbourne L 1 0 29 View match >
Preliminary Final Geelong W 0 29 View match >
Grand Final Melbourne L 0 2 0 29 View match >
Legend
  • #Guernsey
  • GLGoals
  • BBehinds
  • KKicks
  • HHandballs
  • DDisposals
  • MMarks
  • TTackles
*Player goal statistics included VFA (Victorian Football Association) results.
1965 20 2 6 273 70 343 29, 3

1965 Season stats

Hide Season
RD VS Result GL B K H T D Guernsey No. Match Report
Round 1 St Kilda L 8 2 10 29 View match >
Round 2 Richmond W 1 14 3 17 29 View match >
Round 3 Hawthorn W 1 17 1 18 29 View match >
Round 4 Geelong L 13 6 19 29 View match >
Round 5 Carlton L 1 17 3 20 29 View match >
Round 6 Melbourne L 18 1 19 29 View match >
Round 7 Sydney W 14 6 20 29 View match >
Round 8 Western Bulldogs W 1 11 2 13 29 View match >
Round 9 Essendon W 1 17 5 22 29 View match >
Round 10 North Melbourne W 14 4 18 29 View match >
Round 11 Fitzroy W 1 15 7 22 29 View match >
Round 12 St Kilda W 16 1 17 29 View match >
Round 13 Richmond W 1 14 3 17 29 View match >
Round 14 Hawthorn W 1 13 1 14 29 View match >
Round 15 Geelong W 9 3 12 29 View match >
Round 16 Carlton W 8 7 15 29 View match >
Round 17 Melbourne W 8 3 11 29 View match >
Round 18 Sydney L 18 4 22 29 View match >
Semi Final St Kilda L 16 5 21 3 View match >
Preliminary Final Essendon L 13 3 16 3 View match >
Legend
  • #Guernsey
  • GLGoals
  • BBehinds
  • KKicks
  • HHandballs
  • DDisposals
  • MMarks
  • TTackles
*Player goal statistics included VFA (Victorian Football Association) results.
1966 20 3 10 269 51 320 29

1966 Season stats

Hide Season
RD VS Result GL B K H T D Guernsey No. Match Report
Round 1 Hawthorn W 10 3 13 29 View match >
Round 2 Fitzroy W 2 17 1 18 29 View match >
Round 3 Essendon L 14 5 19 29 View match >
Round 4 Richmond W 18 3 21 29 View match >
Round 5 North Melbourne W 1 15 7 22 29 View match >
Round 6 Melbourne W 0 29 View match >
Round 7 Western Bulldogs W 16 3 19 29 View match >
Round 8 Geelong W 2 23 6 29 29 View match >
Round 9 Sydney W 1 17 17 29 View match >
Round 10 St Kilda W 0 29 View match >
Round 11 Carlton L 23 2 25 29 View match >
Round 12 Hawthorn W 1 22 2 24 29 View match >
Round 13 Fitzroy W 1 1 9 4 13 29 View match >
Round 14 Essendon L 1 8 1 9 29 View match >
Round 15 Richmond W 12 2 14 29 View match >
Round 16 North Melbourne W 1 12 4 16 29 View match >
Round 17 Melbourne W 2 13 3 16 29 View match >
Round 18 Western Bulldogs W 8 4 12 29 View match >
Semi Final St Kilda W 22 22 29 View match >
Grand Final St Kilda L 0 0 10 1 11 29 View match >
Legend
  • #Guernsey
  • GLGoals
  • BBehinds
  • KKicks
  • HHandballs
  • DDisposals
  • MMarks
  • TTackles
*Player goal statistics included VFA (Victorian Football Association) results.
1967 19 8 12 270 46 316 29

1967 Season stats

Hide Season
RD VS Result GL B K H T D Guernsey No. Match Report
Round 1 Geelong L 1 16 3 19 29 View match >
Round 2 North Melbourne W 1 9 9 18 29 View match >
Round 3 Essendon W 1 1 19 2 21 29 View match >
Round 4 Western Bulldogs W 1 18 1 19 29 View match >
Round 5 Sydney W 3 25 1 26 29 View match >
Round 6 Carlton L 19 6 25 29 View match >
Round 7 St Kilda W 1 13 3 16 29 View match >
Round 8 Richmond W 19 1 20 29 View match >
Round 9 Fitzroy W 1 16 8 24 29 View match >
Round 10 Hawthorn W 2 10 5 15 29 View match >
Round 11 Melbourne W 1 15 1 16 29 View match >
Round 12 Geelong L 7 1 8 29 View match >
Round 13 North Melbourne W 1 2 14 1 15 29 View match >
Round 14 Essendon L 16 16 29 View match >
Round 15 Western Bulldogs L 11 11 29 View match >
Round 16 Sydney W 2 14 1 15 29 View match >
Round 17 Carlton W 1 1 29 View match >
Round 18 St Kilda L 7 7 29 View match >
Semi Final Geelong L 1 1 21 3 24 29 View match >
Legend
  • #Guernsey
  • GLGoals
  • BBehinds
  • KKicks
  • HHandballs
  • DDisposals
  • MMarks
  • TTackles
*Player goal statistics included VFA (Victorian Football Association) results.
Totals 159 47 30 812 167 979
Avg/Game   0.30 0.19 5.11 1.05 6.16
Legend
  • GPGames Played
  • GLGoals
  • BBehinds
  • KKicks
  • HHandballs
  • TTackles
  • DDisposals

Key Facts

CFC Debut Number

607

Total AFL Games
159
Total AFL Goals
47
CFC Debut
Round 16, 1958
CFC Last Game
Semi Final, 1967
Recruited From
Nyah West
Full Name
Kevin Rose

Awards

  • Life Members
    1968
  • Most Determined Player
    1964
  • Reserves/VFL Best and Fairest
    1958
  • Best Finals Player (Bob Rose Award)
    1964
  • CFC Hall of Fame
    2007
  • Premiership
    1958
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