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Robert Peter Rose (6 February 1952 – 12 May 1999) was an Australian sportsman who played Australian rules football in the VFL and first-class cricket during the 1970s. Following a car accident in 1974 he became a quadriplegic.

Robert Rose
Personal information
Full nameRobert Peter Rose
Born(1952-02-06)6 February 1952
Collingwood, Victoria
Died12 May 1999(1999-05-12) (aged 47)
Melbourne, Victoria
BattingRight-hand batsman
Domestic team information
Career statistics
Competition FC LA
Matches 19 1
Runs scored 981 30
Batting average 30.65 30.00
100s/50s 1/5 0/0
Top score 118* 30
Balls bowled 24 -
Wickets 0 -
Bowling average - -
5 wickets in innings 0 -
10 wickets in match 0 -
Best bowling 0-4 -
Catches/stumpings 12/- 0/-
Source: CricketArchive, 26 December 2014


Early yearsEdit

Rose was born into a famous sporting family, his father Bob was a Copeland Trophy winning footballer with, and coach of, Collingwood and a member of the Australian Football Hall of Fame while his uncles Kevin, Ralph and Bill also played for Collingwood.

Robert went to school at Haileybury College from where he was recruited to the Collingwood Football Club.

Football careerEdit

He made his VFL debut for Collingwood in the 1970 season and played four games that year. A utility, Rose established himself in the side in 1971 and appeared in 16 games to help the Magpies makes the finals. He struggled to hold his place in the side the following year and in 1973 crossed to Footscray.

Cricket careerEdit

Rose was also a talented cricketer and played as a right-handed middle order batsman for Victoria. He was a regular in their 1972/73 and 1973/74 Sheffield Shield teams and from 19 first-class games managed 981 runs at 30.65.

His only century was an innings of 118 not out which he made in the first innings of a Shield game against Queensland at the Brisbane Cricket Ground, following it up with 88 in the second.[1] Another career highlight was when he scored 67 against New Zealand who were touring the country.[2]

He scored 94 in a 214 run partnership with Paul Sheahan in 1972-73.[3]

In 1973-74, a season when the selectors were trailling many young players (eg Ian Davis), his name was mentioned as a test prospect.[4]

Car accidentEdit

Robert was involved in a serious car accident on 14 February 1974 on the Western Highway. He and two other passengers in his car were injured when the vehicle got out of control in loose gravel about 37 miles west of Melbourne. The accident left him a quadriplegic. [5]

He was a drinks waiter at the Gabba Test during the 1975-76 season to promote the National Paraplegic and Quadriplegic Games.[6]

He died in 1999 and The Robert Rose Foundation, for Victorians with spinal cord injuries, was named in his honour.[7]

Robert Rose CupEdit

Since the 2000 AFL season, Collingwood and the Western Bulldogs have played annually for the Robert Rose Cup. The Cup was named in honour of Robert’s contribution to sport and more importantly to raise funds for the Robert Rose Foundation.

See alsoEdit


  1. ^ "Scorecard:Queensland v Victoria". CricketArchive.
  2. ^ "Scorecard:Victoria v New Zealanders". CricketArchive.
  3. ^ "Sheahan in bid to save Victoria". The Canberra Times. 47, (13, 345). Australian Capital Territory, Australia. 30 January 1973. p. 19. Retrieved 6 March 2017 – via National Library of Australia.
  4. ^ "Test selectors face problems". The Canberra Times. 48, (13, 639). Australian Capital Territory, Australia. 9 January 1974. p. 30. Retrieved 6 March 2017 – via National Library of Australia.
  5. ^ "Rose injured in crash". The Canberra Times. 48, (13, 672). Australian Capital Territory, Australia. 16 February 1974. p. 38. Retrieved 6 March 2017 – via National Library of Australia.
  6. ^ "Paraplegic". The Canberra Times. 50, (14, 236). Australian Capital Territory, Australia. 29 November 1975. p. 40. Retrieved 6 March 2017 – via National Library of Australia.
  7. ^ "The Robert Rose Foundation". Independence Australia. Archived from the original on 28 May 2009.

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