Bob Corbett (footballer)

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Bob Corbett
Bob Corbett 1922.jpg
Personal information
Full name Robert James Corbett
Date of birth (1895-11-23)23 November 1895
Place of birth Creswick, Victoria
Date of death 10 June 1957(1957-06-10) (aged 61)
Place of death Footscray, Victoria
Original team(s) Golden Point
Height 178 cm (5 ft 10 in)
Weight 76 kg (168 lb)
Playing career1
Years Club Games (Goals)
1920–1929 Melbourne 161 (9)
1 Playing statistics correct to the end of 1929.
Sources: AFL Tables,

Robert "Bob" Corbett (23 November 1895 – 10 June 1957) 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.

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Bob Corbett - Player Bio". Australian Football. Retrieved 14 August 2015.
  2. ^ AFL Tables: Bob Corbett
  3. ^ Holmesby & Main (2007).
  4. ^ The Argus, "Corbett's Injury", 15 October 1926, p.5.
  5. ^ Atkinson, p.79.


  • 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.
  • Holmesby, Russell; Main, Jim (2007). The Encyclopedia Of AFL Footballers. BAS Publishing. ISBN 978-1-920910-78-5.
  • Ross, J. (ed), 100 Years of Australian Football 1897–1996: The Complete Story of the AFL, All the Big Stories, All the Great Pictures, All the Champions, Every AFL Season Reported, Viking, (Ringwood), 1996. ISBN 0-670-86814-0

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