BOB ROSE was recruited from Nyah West (Victoria) in 1946 by the Collingwood Magpies and played 152 Games, kicking 214 Goals until his retirement as a Player in 1955. The Rose AFL Hall Of Fame Card and cards of many VFL/AFL Players whose careers were influenced by Bob Rose are available at qualityafltradingcards.com. Rose is widely regarded as the Greatest Australian Football Player to have ever played for the Magpies.
Bob Rose was fearlessly courageous, tenacious and a highly skilled Rover and Centreman throughout his career and formed a spirited on-ball duo with fellow Collingwood Magpies Legend, Lou Richards . Richards often spoke in awe of the influence Rose had on Games due to his tireless never say die attacks on all contested footy situations.
Whilst Bob Rose enjoyed a larger than life Football media persona, he was a most sincere man whose intenseness at football matches was more than eclipsed by his off-field humility. His Football achievements were considerable- Collingwood Magpies Best & Fairest Award winner in 1949, 1951, 1952 and 1953, a regular Victorian State representative, member of the Collingwood Magpies Team of the Century, and Inaugural inductee into the Australian Football League Hall of Fame in 1996. The impact of Bob Rose on the Collingwood Magpies Football Club was amplified in Season 1953 when he played State Football, was selected as an All Australian, won the Magpies Leading Goalkicker award, won the Magpies Best & Fairest Player award, was a driving force in Collingwoods Grand Final Victory and was runner-up in the Brownlow Medal.
Bob Rose also played in losing Collingwood Grand Final sides in 1952 and 1955, and retired as a player after the 1955 loss, due to the cumulative effect of a number of injuries caused by the combative nature of his game. It is typical of the mans courage that when he transferred to the Coaching role at Wangaratta Rovers (Victoria) in 1956, he won 2 Premierships and 2 League Best & Fairest Awards in the process. Rose took on the Senior Coaching role at his beloved Collingwood Magpies from 1964 to 1971 , and although his influence was obvoius on the players actions, and despite being one of the leading VFL/AFL Clubs during this period , premiership success eluded the Magpies. Rose suffered through the Magpies agonising last second 1 point loss to St Kilda in the 1966 Grand Final, as well as near misses in both the 1964 and 1970 Grand Finals.
Rose was replaced by his close friend and assistant Neil Mann as Collingwood Coach in 1972 and was immediately snapped up as Senior Coach by the Footscray Bulldogs (now the Western Bulldogs). He worked tirelessly to breathe life into an ailing and undermanned Bulldogs outfit but without any Finals success. Bob Rose returned to Collingwood as Senior Coach for the 1985-1986 Seasons which proved to be developing seasons for the introduction of the successful Leigh Matthews Coaching era at the Club. Bob Rose remained a loyal and tireless supporter at Collingwood until his death in 2003 at the age of 73 years.
Bob Rose left an indelible mark on Australian Football and his eternal memory is honoured with the naming of the Bob Rose Award for the Australian Football League’s Players Association Most Courageous Player for each season . Bob Rose was a Football Legend and a powerfully devoted family man who overcame many adversities to set his stamp on life.
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