Robert Dean (footballer)

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Robert Dean
Personal information
Full name Robert N. Dean
Date of birth (1950-10-20) 20 October 1950 (age 64)
Original team Ivanhoe Amateurs
Height/Weight 189 cm / 83 kg
Position(s) Wing/Centre half forward
Playing career1
Years Club Games (Goals)
1969–75
1976–80
Total –
Collingwood
South Melbourne
121 (37)
66 (81)
187 (118)
1 Playing statistics correct to end of 1980 season.
Career highlights
  • South Melbourne leading goalkicker, 1976

Robert Dean (born 20 October 1950) is a former Australian rules footballer who played with Collingwood and South Melbourne in the Victorian Football League (VFL) during the 1970s.

While at Collingwood, Dean was used as a wingman and it was in that position that he appeared in the famous 1970 VFL Grand Final loss to Carlton. He was particularly strong in the air and a good mark so when he crossed to South Melbourne in 1976 he began playing at centre half forward. On his debut for South Melbourne, in the opening round of the 1976 season, against Geelong at Lake Oval, Dean kicked eight goals. The following round he bagged another six goals and finished the year as South Melbourne's leading goal-kicker with 37. He managed 26 goals in 1977 but in his final years was used mostly away from the goals.

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