Keith Rae (footballer)

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Keith Rae
Personal information
Full name Keith Stanley Rae
Date of birth (1917-07-30) 30 July 1917 (age 101)
Place of birth Williamstown, Victoria
Original team(s) Williamstown, Carlton Juniors
Height 180 cm (5 ft 11 in)
Weight 70 kg (154 lb)
Position(s) Midfielder
Playing career1
Years Club Games (Goals)
1939, 1943 Carlton 15 (2)
1946 Richmond 02 (1)
Total 17 (3)
1 Playing statistics correct to the end of 1946.
Sources: AFL Tables,

Keith Stanley Rae (born 30 July 1917) is a former Australian rules footballer who played with Carlton and Richmond in the Victorian Football League (VFL).[1]


Born in Williamstown, he attended Footscray Technical School and did a welding course at the Williamstown Dockyards. He was spotted by Carlton's recruiter Newton Chandler whilst playing for the Williamstown Football Club and was invited to try out for the Carlton team as a wingman or pivot (centre).[2] After playing two games for Carlton in 1939, he was called up by the Navy in 1940 to serve on HMAS Nestor in World War II. In June 1942 Rae was onboard when the Nestor was attacked and sunk. He survived, and returned to Australia in 1943.

After returning to service in 1944 and 1945, he switched to play for Richmond in 1946.[3] Following the death of Ken Feltscheer in December 2017, Rae became the oldest living former VFL footballer.[4] He was also a talented junior cricketer.[5]


  1. ^ Holmesby, Russell; Main, Jim (2009). The Encyclopedia of AFL Footballers: every AFL/VFL player since 1897 (8th ed.). Seaford, Victoria: BAS Publishing. p. 685. ISBN 978-1-921496-00-4. 
  2. ^ "Will Rae Hold Carlton Pivot?". Sporting Globe. , (1788). Victoria, Australia. 16 August 1939. p. 10 (Edition2 : Football Section). Retrieved 30 December 2017 – via National Library of Australia. 
  3. ^ "Two New Men at Richmond". The Argus (Melbourne) (31,110). Victoria, Australia. 17 May 1946. p. 15. Retrieved 30 December 2017 – via National Library of Australia. 
  4. ^ De Bolfo, Tony (9 July 2014). "Mac joins Newt in Ton-Up Club". Retrieved 3 January 2018. 
  5. ^ "Sailor-Cricketer". Smith's Weekly. XXIII, (37). New South Wales, Australia. 8 November 1941. p. 17. Retrieved 30 December 2017 – via National Library of Australia. 

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