Ralph Robertson

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Ralph Robertson
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Personal information
Full name Ralph Robertson
Date of birth 31 August 1881
Place of birth Aylestone, England
Date of death 11 May 1917(1917-05-11) (aged 35)
Place of death Abu Qir, Egypt
Original team(s) South Beach
Height / weight 171 cm / 68 kg
Position(s) Rover
Playing career1
Years Club Games (Goals)
1899–1900 St Kilda 14 (1)
1 Playing statistics correct to the end of 1900.
Sources: AFL Tables, AustralianFootball.com

Ralph Robertson (31 August 1881 – 11 May 1917) was an Australian rules footballer who played with St Kilda in the Victorian Football League (VFL) and had a noted career in New South Wales.

Robertson was born in England and came to Melbourne when he was three years old. After playing initially for South Beach in the St Kilda League he debuted for the Saints' VFL side in 1899. He only experienced victory in one of his 14 senior games at St Kilda, which came in a one-point win against Melbourne in the opening round of the 1900 VFL season. Although primarily a rover, Robertson could also play as a centreman and up forward.

Due to his work, Robertson ended up in Sydney in 1901 and as there was no substantial Australian rules football competition he took up rugby union. In 1903 however, the NSW Australian Football Association began and Robertson was appointed vice captain of East Sydney for the inaugural season, where they won the premiership. He transferred to North Shore in 1909 and the following season played in another premiership team.

Amongst his 30 interstate matches for New South Wales, he captained the state at the 1908 Melbourne, 1911 Adelaide and 1914 Sydney carnivals. For his performances at the Sydney Carnival, Robertson was awarded a Referee Medal.

Robertson was killed in 1917 on active war service when the fighter plane he was piloting crashed into another over Egypt. In 2003 he was honoured as one of the inaugural members of the official Sydney AFL Hall of Fame.

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