Gordon Kitchener Rattray (19 October 1898 – 10 December 1964) was an Australian rules footballer who played with and coached Fitzroy in the Victorian Football League (VFL). He was the first VFL player to use the torpedo punt.
Rattray in 1922
|Full name||Gordon Kitchener Rattray|
|Date of birth||19 October 1898|
|Place of birth||Shepparton, Victoria|
|Date of death||10 December 1964 66)(aged|
|Place of death||Sandringham, Victoria|
|Original team(s)||Wesley College|
|Height||180 cm (5 ft 11 in)|
|Weight||76 kg (168 lb)|
|1917–1924, 1928||Fitzroy||87 (65)|
|1928, 1937–1939||Fitzroy||72 (25–46–1)|
1 Playing statistics correct to the end of 1928.
|Sources: AFL Tables, AustralianFootball.com|
The son of Bruce Rattray (1860–1932), and Laura Rattray, née Barratt, Gordon Kitchener Rattray was born at Shepparton on 19 October 1898.
He was educated at Wesley College.
He enlisted in the First AIF on 21 April 1917; and, as he was only 18 years and 6 months of age (i.e., under 21), his parents gave formal permission to him enlisting and serving overseas. He served in France, returned to Australia on 2 January 1919, and was discharged on 2 March 1919.
A half forward flanker, Rattray debuted for Fitzroy in 1917 but his progress was stalled when he missed the following season due to military service. Rattray came back to the club in 1919 and won their best and fairest trophy. He won it again in 1921 and was a premiership player in 1922. In 1923 he became club captain and led them to the Grand Final which they lost to Essendon.
In 1924, he was appointed as the playing coach of the Melbourne Football Club. He was, however, still residentially tied to Fitzroy and, therefore, ineligible to play for Melbourne. He served the entire season as Melbourne's non-playing coach.
Melbourne failed to make the Finals in 1924; and, consequently, Rattray was able to returned to Fitzroy as a player — playing in one Finals match, the second of the club's Round Robin Semi-Final matches, against Richmond on 20 September 1924.
He left Fitzroy after the 1924 season and, having been originally chosen to be the playing coach of North Melbourne in its inaugural VFL season, he was granted a clearance to serve as the captain coach of Brighton in the Victorian Football Association (VFA).
He played 53 games and kicked 39 goals in his three years at Brighton (1925–1927); and, under his coaching Brighton played in both the 1926 Grand Final, with Rattray at centre half-back, and the 1927 VFA Grand Final, with Rattray at centre half-forward. On both occasions, Brighton lost the Grand Finals to Coburg.
In 1928 he returned to Fitzroy and played what would be his final season, as captain-coach.
VFL Representative player
During his career he represented Victoria at interstate football five times.
He died at his home in Sandringham, Victoria on 10 December 1964.
- Fitzroy Has Never Lacked Courage, The Argus Weekend Magazine, (Saturday, 6 August 1949), p.3.
- Deaths: Rattray, The Argus, (Thursday, 27 October 1932), p. 1.
- Marriages: Rattray—Barrett, The Weekly Times, (Saturday, 14 December 1889), p. 8.
- Divorce Court: Decrees Granted, The Argus, (Tuesday, 13 September 1938), p.6.
- See Service Record.
- The Northerners: Eicke as Coach, The Sporting Globe, (Wednesday 22 April 1925), p.11.
- Position of Rattray, The (Melbourne) Herald, (Thursday, 9 April 1925), p.13.
- Deaths: Rattray, The Age, (Friday, 11 December 1964), p.29.
- First World War Nominal Roll: Gunner Gordon Kitchener Rattray (38070), Collection of the Australian War Memorial.
- First World War Embarkation Roll: Gunner Gordon Kitchener Rattray (38070), Collection of the Australian War Memorial.
- First World War Service Record: Gunner Gordon Kitchener Rattray (38070), National Archives of Australia.
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