Ross Thornton

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Ross Thornton
Personal information
Date of birth (1956-10-23) 23 October 1956 (age 60)
Original team(s) Camperdown
Height 179 cm (5 ft 10 in)
Weight 81 kg (179 lb)
Club information
Current club Brisbane Lions
Playing career1
Years Club Games (Goals)
1980–1989 Fitzroy 146 (26)
1 Playing statistics correct to the end of 1989.
Career highlights
Sources: AFL Tables,

Ross Thornton (born 23 October 1956) is a former Australian rules footballer who played with Fitzroy in the VFL during the 1980s.

Thornton originally arrived at Fitzroy in 1975 but was unable to make the seniors so joined VFA club Prahran. He returned to Fitzroy in 1980 and became a regular fixture in their defence for the rest of the decade, usually occupying a back pocket from where he liked to run the ball up the ground. A personal highlight came in 1984 when he won Fitzroy's Best and fairest award.

Thornton appeared on the second season of The Amazing Race Australia with his daughter Tarryn, and was eliminated in 8th place in Turkey on Episode 6.


  • Ross Thornton's statistics from AFL Tables
  • Holmesby, Russell and Main, Jim (2007). The Encyclopedia of AFL Footballers. 7th ed. Melbourne: Bas Publishing.