Graham Ramshaw

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Graham Ramshaw
Personal information
Date of birth 7 August 1945
Date of death 15 September 2006(2006-09-15) (aged 61)
Place of death North Beach, Western Australia
Original team Perth (WANFL)
Debut Round 12, 1965, Fitzroy
v. Collingwood, at Brunswick St
Height/Weight 185 cm / 78 kg
Playing career1
Years Club Games (Goals)
1964 Fitzroy 6 (4)
1 Playing statistics correct to end of 1964 season.

Graham Joseph Ramshaw (7 August 1945 - 15 September 2006) was a leading Australian rules footballer, playing for Perth Football Club in the Western Australian Football League (WAFL), Fitzroy Football Club in the Victorian Football League (VFL) and Central District in the South Australian National Football League (SANFL).

Born in North Fremantle, Western Australia to a long-serving Perth committee member, Ramshaw was a student at Manning Primary School and Applecross High School, and was a star junior footballer, being awarded the best player of the national State schoolboys' football carnival in Brisbane in 1959.[1]

Ramshaw made his senior debut for Perth aged 17 in 1963 as a full forward and impressed to the extent that VFL club Fitzroy sought to recruit him for the 1964 VFL season. Perth were reluctant to clear him but, after theats from Ramshaw to step down from football, cleared him to Fitzroy just prior to the 30 June clearance deadline[2] and Ramshaw played six games and kicked four goals for Fitzroy before returning to Perth for the 1965 season.[3]

Ramshaw was a premiershiip player with Perth in 1966, 1967 and 1968, the first as a full forward while the latter two as a full back.[2] Ramshaw was awarded life membership of Perth in 1972 and finished with 178 games for Perth.

In 1974 Ramshaw transferred to SANFL club Central District, where he spent two injury riddled years, playing just three games for no goals. Following his retirement from football, Ramshaw returned to Western Australia and worked in the concrete and waste management industries.[1]

Ramshaw died from cancer in North Beach, Western Australia, aged 61. He was survived by his wife Kaye, three sons and seven grandchildren. One son, Darrin Ramshaw, played cricket for Western Australia and Victoria and football for Perth, while another, Troy, played three games for Perth.[1]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c Reid, R. (2006) "Players pay tribute to premiership star", The West Australian, 9 October 2006.
  2. ^ a b Stocks, G. (2000) "Demon Relished Change Of Role", The West Australian, 20 June 2000.
  3. ^ stats.rleague.com/afl/stats/players/G/Graham_Ramshaw.html Accessed 10 April 2008