John Rantall

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John Rantall
Personal information
Full name John Rantall
Date of birth (1943-12-09) 9 December 1943 (age 71)
Original team Cobden
Height/Weight 182 cm / 77 kg
Playing career1
Years Club Games (Goals)
1963–72, 1976-79
1973–1975
1980
Total
South Melbourne
North Melbourne
Fitzroy
260 0(8)
070 0(2)
006 0(0)
336 (10)
1 Playing statistics correct to end of 1980 season.
Career highlights
  • North Melbourne Best & Fairest 1974
  • North Melbourne premiership 1975
  • South Melbourne/Sydney Swans Team of the Century
  • North Melbourne Team of the Century
  • Victorian representative (5 games, 0 goals)

John "Mopsy" Rantall (born 9 September 1943) was an Australian rules footballer in the Victorian Football League.

Originally from Cobden, Rantall moved to the South Melbourne Football Club where he debuted in 1963. He moved to North Melbourne Football Club with the intention of playing in a premiership side in 1973 and got his wish - winning in 1975 and moving back to South for 1976. A reliable defender who worked tirelessly to repel opposition attacks, Rantall had magnificent skills.

He moved to Fitzroy for one last season in 1980, where he played 6 games and broke the VFL games record (which has since been broken by Kevin Bartlett and Michael Tuck).

In total, Rantall played 336 games - 260 for the Swans (a then club record), 70 for the Kangaroos and 6 for the Lions.

In 1996 Rantall was inducted into the Australian Football Hall of Fame.

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Preceded by
Barry Davis
North Melbourne Best and Fairest
1974
Succeeded by
Barry Davis