John Rantall

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John Rantall
Personal information
Full name John Rantall
Date of birth (1943-12-09) 9 December 1943 (age 73)
Original team(s) Cobden
Height 182 cm (6 ft 0 in)
Weight 77 kg (170 lb)
Playing career1
Years Club Games (Goals)
1963–72, 1976–79 South Melbourne 260 0(8)
1973–1975 North Melbourne 070 0(2)
1980 Fitzroy 006 0(0)
Total 336 (10)
1 Playing statistics correct to the end of 1980.
Career highlights
  • North Melbourne Best & Fairest 1974
  • North Melbourne premiership 1975
  • South Melbourne/Sydney Swans Team of the Century
  • North Melbourne Team of the Century
  • Victorian representative (5 games, 0 goals)
Sources: AFL Tables, AustralianFootball.com

John "Mopsy" Rantall (born 9 September 1943) is a former Australian rules footballer in the Victorian Football League.

Originally from Cobden, Rantall moved to the South Melbourne Football Club where he debuted in 1963. He moved to North Melbourne Football Club with the intention of playing in a premiership side in 1973 and got his wish - winning in 1975 and moving back to South for 1976. A reliable defender who worked tirelessly to repel opposition attacks, Rantall had magnificent skills.

He moved to Fitzroy for one last season in 1980, where he played 6 games and broke Kevin Murray's VFL games record.

In total, Rantall played 336 games - 260 for the Swans (a VFL/AFL club record until 2007), 70 for the Kangaroos and 6 for the Lions.

In 1996 Rantall was inducted into the Australian Football Hall of Fame.

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