|Full name||John Rantall|
|Date of birth||9 December 1943|
|Height||182 cm (6 ft 0 in)|
|Weight||77 kg (170 lb)|
|1963–72, 1976–79||South Melbourne||260(8)|
|1973–1975||North Melbourne||70 (2)|
1 Playing statistics correct to the end of 1980.
|Sources: AFL Tables, AustralianFootball.com|
In 1973, he moved to North Melbourne Football Club under the short-lived VFL's "10-year rule", which allowed players with ten years' service at one club to move to another club without a clearance, with the intention of playing in a premiership side. He got his wish, winning in 1975; and, then, moving back to South Melbourne for 1976. A reliable defender who worked tirelessly to repel opposition attacks, Rantall had magnificent skills.
He moved to Fitzroy for one last season in 1980, where he played 6 games and broke Kevin Murray's VFL games record.
In total, Rantall played 336 games - 260 for South Melbourne (a VFL/AFL club record until 2007), 70 for North Melbourne and 6 for Fitzroy.
In 1996 Rantall was inducted into the Australian Football Hall of Fame.
- The 10-year rule was introduced by the VFL in August 1972, in order to render it immune from the sorts of "restraint of trade" difficulties that were being experienced, at the time, in New South Wales in relation to Rugby League footballers. Although twenty-two VFL players were eligible under the rule, only George Bisset, Barry Davis, Carl Ditterich, Rantall, Adrian Gallagher, and Doug Wade, took advantage of it — transferring to Collingwood, North Melbourne, Melbourne, North Melbourne, Footscray, and North Melbourne (respectively). The rule was rescinded in May 1973.
- John Rantall's playing statistics from AFL Tables
- John Rantall at AustralianFootball.com
- John Rantall: Boyles Football Photos.