DOB: 8 September 1920
Died: 15 May 2002
From: Eaglehawk/YMCA/State Savings Bank
Number: 30 1939-1950
Statistical categories led:
Most goals in jumper 30
One of the smallest players of his era, Rodda compensated with pure toughness. He had travelled to Melbourne to play for State Savings Bank in the amateurs where he came to the notice of Melbourne's recruiters as a 16-year-old. His club was in South Melbourne's territory, and Rodda had to move to an unallotted district so he could instead join the Demons. They finally signed him in August 1936.
It took him another season to make his debut but Rodda was one of ten new players to join the Redlegs in 1939. He was so impressive that he retained his position through to the finals and ended his rookie year with a premiership victory.
Brilliant in the wet during the 1940 Grand Final, Rodda helped deliver the Demons second consecutive premiership. He could have played in the 1941 edition as well, but missed nearly the entire season with injury after breaking his leg.
Entering the Air Force, Rodda played when he could over the next two years. He managed 8 games in 1942, not helped by a shoulder injury, and three in 1943 before returning in 1946. That year he played 16 games, including the 1946 loss.
Winning the Best and Fairest in 1948, Rodda played in both grand finals and won his third premiership. He was made vice-captain in 1950 but at the end of that year left to captain-coach Myrtleford. He later captain-coached Bright in the twilight of his career before retiring at the end of 1957.
|Round 7, 1946||Striking||Not Guilty|
|Round 9, 1946||Attempted Striking||4 matches|
Some sources have him aged 15 when Melbourne signed him
It was also claimed that South allowed him to play for Melbourne as it was his brother who died in the war's wish that if Rodda played league football it would be with the Demons.
Argus - 26/08/1936
Sporting Globe - 27/04/1940
Football Record R5 1941
Argus - 09/06/1942
The Australasian - 24/06/1944
"Alby Rodda to coach in country" - The Age 11/10/1950
The Argus - 25/10/1950
The Argus - 02/04/1951
The Age - 30/10/1957
The Age - 16/03/1960
"Alby a Demon hero" - Border Mail 05/06/2008