Robert Dean (footballer)
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|Full name||Robert N. Dean|
|Date of birth||20 October 1950|
|Original team(s)||Ivanhoe Amateurs|
|Height||189 cm (6 ft 2 in)|
|Weight||83 kg (183 lb)|
|Position(s)||Wing/Centre half forward|
|1976–80||South Melbourne||66 (81)|
1 Playing statistics correct to the end of 1980.
|Sources: AFL Tables, AustralianFootball.com|
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.