Gordon Rattray

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Gordon Rattray
Personal information
Date of birth 19 October 1898
Date of death 8 December 1964(1964-12-08) (aged 66)
Original team(s) Wesley College
Height / weight 180 cm / 76 kg
Playing career1
Years Club Games (Goals)
1917–1924, 1928 Fitzroy 87 (65)
Coaching career
Years Club Games (W–L–D)
1924 Melbourne 16 0(4–12–0)
1928, 1937–1939 Fitzroy 72 (25–46–1)
Total 88 (29–58–1)
1 Playing statistics correct to the end of 1928.
Career highlights
Sources: AFL Tables, AustralianFootball.com

Gordon Kitchener Rattray (19 October 1898 – 8 December 1964) was an Australian rules footballer who played with and coached Fitzroy in the VFL.

The son of Bruce Rattray (?-1932), Gordon Kitchener Rattray was born on 19 October 1898 at Shepparton. He was educated at Wesley College.

He was the first to use the torpedo punt.[1]

A half forward flanker, Rattray debuted for Fitzroy in 1917 but his progress was stalled when he missed the following season due to military service. Rattray came back to the club in 1919 and won their best and fairest trophy. He won it again in 1921 and was a premiership player in 1922. In 1923 he became club captain and led them to the Grand Final which they lost to Essendon.

He left Fitzroy after the 1924 season and joined Brighton in the VFA as a playing coach and twice took the club to the decider. In 1928 he returned to Fitzroy and played what would be his final season, as captain-coach. During his career he represented Victoria at interstate football 5 times.


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