Bob Corbett (footballer)

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Bob Corbett
Personal information
Full name Robert J. Corbett
Date of birth 23 November 1895
Original team Golden Point
Height/Weight 178 cm / 76 kg
Playing career1
Years Club Games (Goals)
1920–1929 Melbourne 161 (9)
1 Playing statistics correct to end of 1929 season.

Robert "Bob" Corbett (born 23 November 1895, date of death unknown) was an Australian rules footballer who played with Melbourne in the Victorian Football League (VFL).

Corbett, a centreman, came originally from Ballarat team Golden Point and was already 24 by the time he made his VFL debut in 1920.[1][2] He was a constant fixture in the Melbourne side during the 1920s and a regular interstate representative.[3]

Just before half time in the 1926 Preliminary Final, Corbett was struck in the face and knocked to the ground by Essendon player Charlie May. Despite returning to the field later in the game, he missed out on playing in Melbourne's premiership win the following week, diagnosed with a broken jaw.[4] A side result of this incident was the eventual introduction of a reserve that could replace injured players.[5]

He acted as VFL boundary umpire after retiring and officiated in 40 matches from 1931 to 1933.

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Robert Corbett (Melbourne)". Full Points Footy. 
  2. ^ AFL Tables: Bob Corbett
  3. ^ Holmesby, Russell & Main, Jim (2007). The Encyclopedia Of AFL Footballers. BAS Publishing. ISBN 978-1-920910-78-5. 
  4. ^ The Argus,"Corbett's Injury", 15 October 1926, p. 5
  5. ^ Atkinson, p. 79.

Sources[edit]

  • Atkinson, G. (1982) Everything you ever wanted to know about Australian rules football but couldn't be bothered asking, The Five Mile Press: Melbourne. ISBN 0 86788 009 0.