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|Date of birth||23 October 1956|
|Height||179 cm (5 ft 10 in)|
|Weight||81 kg (179 lb)|
|Current club||Brisbane Lions
1 Playing statistics correct to the end of 1989.
|Sources: AFL Tables, AustralianFootball.com|
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.
- Ross Thornton's statistics from AFL Tables
- Holmesby, Russell and Main, Jim (2007). The Encyclopedia of AFL Footballers. 7th ed. Melbourne: Bas Publishing.