Gordon Rattray

DOB: 19 October 1898
Died: 8 December 1964

First game: Round 1, 1924 vs St. Kilda at Junction Oval
Last game: Round 18, 1924 vs Essendon at Windy Hill
Coaching record


Fitzroy half-back flank from Wesley College who debuted in 1917 but missed 1918 due to military service. He returned in 1919 and took home their best and fairest, which he won again in 1921. In 1922 Rattray won a premiership, the next year he captained Fitzroy to a losing grand final against Essendon. During his playing career he represented Victoria five times.

Initially appointed as a playing coach, Rattray was ineligible to play for Melbourne as he still resided in Fitzroy's district, and so became the youngest non-playing coach in league history at 25 years and 189 days. With Melbourne knocked out of the running and Fitzroy playing a semi final he reappeared with his old side and won but didn't not hold his spot in the Grand Final.

In 1925 he moved to the VFA to captain-coach Brighton where he led them to two grand finals. He had originally been selected as the inaugural VFL coach of North Melbourne but did not join them.

He returned to Fitzroy as playing coach for one season in 1928, and from 1937-1939 he coached them again.


May not have been cleared by Fitzroy to North Melbourne.

Sporting Globe - 05/04/1924
Sporting Globe - 19/04/1924
Sporting Globe - 21/03/1925

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