Lester Ross

Lester Ross (born 27 August 1936) is a former Australian rules footballer who played with St Kilda in the Victorian Football League (VFL).

Lester Ross
Personal information
Full name Lester Ross
Date of birth (1936-08-27) 27 August 1936
Original team(s) Prahran/Moe
Height 177 cm (5 ft 10 in)
Weight 72 kg (159 lb)
Playing career1
Years Club Games (Goals)
1959 St Kilda 10 (0)
1961–1962 Norwood 27
1963–1967 South Adelaide 72
1968 Subiaco 1
1 Playing statistics correct to the end of 1968.
Sources: AFL Tables, AustralianFootball.com

Ross, who started his senior football career at Victorian Football Association club Prahran, spent the 1958 season with Moe and won the Latrobe Valley Football League "Best and Fairest" award.[1]

He was granted a clearance to join St Kilda in 1959 and the centreman is credited with having outperformed Footscray's Ted Whitten in his very first game.[1][2] After playing in the opening ten rounds of the season, Ross was demoted to the seconds, causing a dispute which would see him walk out on the club.[3]

Norwood secured his services in 1961 and he spent two seasons with them, in the South Australian National Football League.[1] In his first season, he finished third in the Magarey Medal, even though he had missed five games.[1]

He played the next five years with South Adelaide, after joining the club in 1963. Playing mostly as a half forward flanker, he was a good performer for South Adelaide and was a member of their 1964 premiership team.[1]

His final destination was Subiaco in Western Australia but he played only one senior game.[1] After his debut, Ross seriously injured his arm when he unwittingly smashed it through a window. The injury required 60 stitches and ended his career.[1]

Ross had sons who were also good footballers; Lester junior who played with Norwood and Jonathon who played at both Norwood and Adelaide.[4]

References

  1. Full Points Footy: Lester Ross (Prahran, St Kilda, Norwood, South Adelaide, Subiaco)
  2. "Lester Ross". AFL Tables.
  3. The Age, "Ross Turns Out", 24 February 1960. p. 13
  4. Holmesby, Russell; Main, Jim (2007). The Encyclopedia Of AFL Footballers. BAS Publishing. ISBN 978-1-920910-78-5.
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