Bob Beecroft

Bob Beecroft (born 11 January 1952) is a former Australian rules footballer who played with Fitzroy in the Victorian Football League (VFL), Swan Districts in the Western Australian National Football League (WANFL) and Woodville in the South Australian National Football League (SANFL) during the 1970s and 1980s.

Bob Beecroft
Personal information
Date of birth (1952-01-11) 11 January 1952
Original team(s) Williams
Height 191 cm (6 ft 3 in)
Weight 92 kg (203 lb)
Playing career
Years Club Games (Goals)
1970–1975 Swan Districts 126 (164)
1976–1980 Fitzroy 96 (291)
1981–1985 Woodville 86 (219)
Representative team honours
Years Team Games (Goals)
1972–1979 Western Australia 8 (11)
Sources: AFL Tables,

Beecroft made his debut with Swan Districts in 1970, playing 126 games as a ruckman, being named All Australian for his performance in the 1972 Perth Carnival and the Swan's Best and Fairest award. He played for Western Australia three years later and was recruited by Fitzroy for the following season.[1][2]

As a key forward for the Lions, Beecroft topped their goalkicking list four times with a best of 87 goals in 1979 which was at the time a club record. He kicked 10 goals in a match twice and by the end of his short VFL career he had managed 291 goals.[3]

He returned to the SANFL with Woodville, where he played 86 games, kicking 219 goals.

Beecroft finished his career at the Encounter Bay Football Club where he coached the Bays to the 1989 premiership.


  1. "WA Two Hundred Club Player Members". West Australian Football Commission. Archived from the original on 11 April 2013. Retrieved 22 April 2013.
  2. "Western Australian Interstate Football Representatives 1904 - 2011". West Australian Football Commission. Retrieved 22 April 2013.
  3. "Blast from the Past - Bob Beecroft". Brisbane Lions AFC. 28 July 2011. Archived from the original on 27 June 2013. Retrieved 22 April 2013.

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