Tassie Johnson

Robert "Tassie" Johnson (2 December 1937 – 29 October 2015) was an Australian rules footballer who played with Melbourne in the Victorian Football League (VFL) during the 1960s. He was known by his nickname Tassie as there were two other Johnsons at the club at the time he was recruited from North Launceston in Tasmania.

Tassie Johnson
Johnson in 1964
Personal information
Date of birth (1937-12-02)2 December 1937
Date of death 29 October 2015(2015-10-29) (aged 77)
Original team(s) North Launceston
Height 189 cm (6 ft 2 in)
Weight 89 kg (196 lb)
Position(s) Full-back
Playing career1
Years Club Games (Goals)
1959–1969 Melbourne 202 (20)
Representative team honours
Years Team Games (Goals)
1960–1967 Victoria 12
1 Playing statistics correct to the end of 1969.
Career highlights
Sources: AFL Tables, AustralianFootball.com

Johnson was a premiership player with Melbourne in 1959, 1960 and 1964. He captained the club during the 1969 season, but they finished in last place.

In 1971 he was captain-coach of Box Hill in the Victorian Football Association (VFA).

In 2004 he was named at full-back in both Melbourne and Tasmania's Team of the Century. In 2015, he died after a long illness.[1]


  1. Burgan, Matt (29 October 2015). "'Tassie' Johnson sadly passes away". Melbourne Football Club. Retrieved 29 October 2015.

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