Ross G. Smith

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Ross Smith
Personal information
Full name Ross Gibson Smith
Date of birth (1942-09-08) 8 September 1942 (age 72)
Original team Hampton Scouts
Debut Round 2, 1961, St Kilda
v. Essendon, at Windy Hill
Height/Weight 173 cm / 75 kg
Playing career1
Years Club Games (Goals)
St Kilda
St Kilda
222 (222)
039 0(22)
012 00(8)
Coaching career
Years Club Games (W–L–D)
St Kilda

22 (3-17-2)
1 Playing statistics correct to end of 1975 season.
Career highlights

Ross Gibson Smith (born 8 September 1942) is a former Australian rules footballer who played in the Victorian Football League (VFL).

Smith played with St Kilda as a courageous rover. He won the Brownlow Medal in 1967 and captained Victoria at the 1972 Perth Carnival. He once broke his arm smothering a ball in the late sixties and recovered to captain the Saints in the early seventies.

After retiring he coached Subiaco to a premiership in 1973. He also coached his former club St Kilda for a single season (1977), leading them only three wins and to their first wooden spoon in 22 years.

He also went on to lecture in physical education in a tertiary college in Melbourne during the 1980s.

He was inducted to the Saints inaugural Hall of Fame in 2003. In addition he was chosen as first rover in St Kilda's Team of the Century.