DOB: 24 November 1978
Best and Fairest - 2003
Leading Goalkicker - 2001, 2005, 2007, 2009
Rising Star nominee - Round 14, 1998
Grand Final team - 2000
Mark of the Year nominee - Round 18, 2001, Round 21, 2001, Round 13, 2002, Round 20, 2002, Round 4, 2003, Round 5, 2005, Round 22, 2007, Round 5, 2008
Goal of the Year nominee - Round 6, 2001, Round 1, 2007
Australian International Rules player - 2005
Reserves Leading Goalkicker - 1997, 1999
Life Member - 2006
First spotted by the club on a Footy Show "Almost Football Legends" video from his time at Burnie, Robertson was picked up as a speculative late draft pick at the end of the 1996 season. He was then delisted and re-drafted onto the newly created rookie list.
Promoted to the senior list to replace the retired Dean Irving, Robertson debuted towards the end of the disappointing 1997 season and it wasn't until 1998 that he cemented his spot in an emerging forward line. He earned himself a Rising Star nomination in Round 14 with four goals in a shock win over the Eagles in Perth.
After being in and out of the side throughout 1999, Robertson's breakout season came in 2000 when he kicked 44 goals in a potent Demon forward line which went all the way to the Grand Final. He added another 42 goals the next season.
Early in 2002 Robertson was dropped to the VFL for three games, but bounced back to play 21 games for the year, including three finals - where he kicked 32 goals - and was rewarded with a two year contract extension at the end of the season.
In 2003 he won the Best and Fairest award after playing every game of the year as an undersized key-position forward in an often disappointing side. He won less than 10 possessions just three times, and upon receiving the award revealed that he had consulted the team psychologist about his turbulent form.
For pure goalkicking 2005 was Roberton's career best with 73.30, highlighted with a match winning seven goals in the Round 21 one point win against Geelong which saved Melbourne's season for oblivion. He finished third in the Coleman Medal, and was unlucky not to be selected as an All Australian.
Robertson saw his 2006 campaign interrupted with soft tissue injuries, and in Round 2, 2007 he injured his knee against Hawthorn and missed several weeks of football. Despite this he still won the club goalkicking for the third time in a disappointing side, and signed a new contract to the end of 2009.
His 2008 season was destroyed by a snapped achilles tendon in the Round 10 clash against St. Kilda. The resulting rehabilitation ruined his pre-season and meant he didn't play a senior game until Round 6. His return of 29 goals in 13 games was more than respectable, especially considering he had two stints in the VFL with Casey after being dropped.
On 20 August 2009Robertson announced that he and the Demons would part company at the end of the season but hoped to continue his career elsewhere. Fittingly his last act in a Melbourne jumper, with three seconds left on the clock in Round 22, 2009 was to attempt to pull down a trademark hanger.
Despite announcing that he was keen to continue his career, Robertson was overlooked in the drafts and signed for the Shepparton Swans in 2010, where he kicked more than 100 goals for the season.
He was appointed playing coach for Geelong Football League side St Joseph's for 2011 but resigned early in the season citing abuse from supporters before returning to the job where he remained in 2012, a year in which he also played some matches for Burnie in the Tasmanian league.
Robertson has since returned to Melbourne in an administrative capacity, as a matchday host and website reporter.
|Round 21, 2000||Melee||$3000 fine|
|Round 4, 2004||Striking||1 match|
"Second chances for young hopefuls" - The Age 15/12/03
"Robertson signs new deal with Demons" - The Age 13/10/2004
"Robbo to quit Demons but wants to play on" - The Age 20/09/09
"Ex-Melbourne star Russell Robertson to coach GFL club St Joseph's" - Geelong Advertiser 27/10/10