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Stan Rule

Image DOB: 17 January 1924
Died: 12 August 2007

Debut: Round 3, 1946 against Essendon at Windy Hill
Last Game: Semi Final 1950 against Geelong at MCG

From: Brighton Technical College Old Boys

Number: 31 1946-1950

Honours:
Premiership Player - 1948
Grand Final player - 1946
Victorian state player - 1949

Games: 74
Goals: 13
Career Statistics

WinsDrawsLossesWinning %
4912466.21

Recruited in September 1944 on the recommendation of Wally Lock who had played on him in a services match in New Guinea and conceded seven goals, Rule played as a centre half-back in his time at the Demons.

After 18 games in his debut season Rule's 1947 campaign was ruined by injury and he didn't appear until the last four games of the season. After badly tearing thigh muscles in the pre-season he was ordered to retire, before coming back late in the year.

He returned for 19 games in 1948 - including both Grand Finals. He was sought by North Melbourne before the 1950 season but Melbourne refused them permission to interview him. He stayed with the side for the rest of the year before walking out in the Demons after coach Allan La Fontaine admitted to him that he believed a rumour Rule had been bribed and hadn't played at his best in the 1950 Semi Final.

He became captain-coach of Wodonga in 1951 and having lost none of his ability was approached by new coach Norm Smith to return to the Demons as captain in 1952. Rule was tempted for footballing reasons, but the prospect of a significant drop in pay was enough for him to regretfully turn the offer down.

Rule later returned to the Demons and worked on the recruiting staff. He had first been signed by St Kilda, but Norm Smith convinced him to return to the Demons.

YearGamesGoalsBrownlow
1946 1834
1947 400
1948 1910
1949 1650
1950 1743

Notes
Some sources say he was later captain/coach of Albury.

Media
Argus - 28/09/1944
Argus - 13/05/1946
Football Record R3 1947
Age - 23/07/1947
[https://trove.nla.gov.au/newspaper/article/178150099|Sporting Globe] - 17/07/1948
Argus - 25/10/1950
Wodonga and Towong Sentinel - 26/01/1951
Sporting Globe - 14/03/1951

Links
Australian Football profile
Boyles Football Photos
Wikipedia profile

Created by Supermercado. Last Modification: Monday 26 November 2018 03:36:11 AEDT by Supermercado. (Version 30)

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