Ralph Green (footballer)

Ralph Frederick Green (8 June 1911 – 9 March 1991) was an Australian rules footballer who played with Sturt in the South Australian National Football League (SANFL). He also had stints at Carlton in the Victorian Football League (VFL) and West Perth in the Western Australian National Football League.[1]

Ralph Green
Personal information
Full name Ralph Frederick Green
Date of birth 8 June 1911
Place of birth Adelaide, South Australia
Date of death 9 March 1991(1991-03-09) (aged 79)
Original team(s) Colonel Light Gardens
Height 183 cm (6 ft 0 in)
Weight 84 kg (185 lb)
Position(s) Fullback
Playing career1
Years Club Games (Goals)
1930–31, 1933, 1935–45 Sturt 157 (44)
1932 Carlton 005 0(2)
1934 West Perth 020 (17)
Coaching career
Years Club Games (W–L–D)
1941, 1945, 1947–48 Sturt 72 (41–31–0)
1 Playing statistics correct to the end of 1948.
Sources: AFL Tables, AustralianFootball.com

Green, who played as a forward in his early years with Sturt, was lured to Carlton in 1932 and as a result missed out on playing in Sturt's premiership team that season. His time at Carlton was plagued by injuries and he was only able to play five games.[2] In 1933 he returned to Sturt and in the same year represented South Australia at the Sydney Carnival.[3]

The league went into recess for three seasons due to the war and Green served briefly with the Royal Australian Air Force in 1943.[4] He resumed his SANFL career in 1945, as Sturt's playing coach.[3] The following year he did not play or coach at Sturt, with Bo Morton taking up the position of senior coach. In 1947, Green returned to the club after Morton resigned. No longer a player, Morton coached Sturt for two more seasons and guided them to finals in each of those years.


  1. Holmesby, Russell; Main, Jim (2007). The Encyclopedia Of AFL Footballers. BAS Publishing. ISBN 978-1-920910-78-5.
  2. AFL Tables: Ralph Green
  3. Ralph Green at AustralianFootball.com
  4. WW2 Nominal Roll: Green, Ralph Frederick
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