Bob Rush (Australian footballer)

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Bob Rush
Bob Rush.jpg
Bob Rush in 1910
Personal information
Full name Robert Thomas Rush
Date of birth (1880-10-09)9 October 1880
Date of death 13 March 1975(1975-03-13) (aged 94)
Original team(s) CBC Parade
Playing career1
Years Club Games (Goals)
1899–1908 Collingwood 143 (1)
1 Playing statistics correct to the end of 1908.
Career highlights
Sources: AFL Tables,

Robert Thomas "Bob" Rush (9 October 1880 – 13 March 1975)[1] was an Australian rules footballer who played for the Collingwood Football Club in the Victorian Football League (VFL).

Rush was a pacy defender and played mainly on a half back flank, although he was also used in the back pockets. He was a member of Collingwood's 1902 and 1903 premierships. From a talented footballing family, he had four brothers, Bryan, Gerald, Kevin and Leo, who also played in the VFL.

After leaving Collingwood, Rush continued to serve the club off the field in a variety of roles over the years including as a committeeman, assistant secretary and treasurer. In 1930, Rush performed match day coaching duties to lead the club to its fourth consecutive premiership, filling in for Jock McHale who was ill – although, following a decision by AFL historians in 2014, McHale is now credited as Collingwood's sole coach in the game for the purposes of coaching statistics.[2] He is credited with having coined the Collingwood club motto of 'Floreat Pica'.

Rush was president of the Australian National Football Council from 1935 to 1946, heading the body that was in charge of the laws of Australian football.


  1. ^ "Bob Rush". Collingwood Forever. Retrieved 21 September 2014.
  2. ^ Courtney Walsh (31 October 2014). "No fudge: AFL insists Mick Malthouse celebration will be by the numbers". The Australian. Melbourne, VIC. Retrieved 25 April 2015.

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