Ron “Smokey” Clegg  was arguably one of the finest key position players to have ever played in the Victorian Football League.

Ron Cleg possessed all the attributes that made a perfect footballer. Strong, courageous, solid on the ground, superb in the air, and a marvellous kick with either foot.  He was awarded the Brownlow Medal in 1949 while playing with the then South Melbourne Football Club. He won the club’s Best and Fairest award three times.

In 1996 Clegg was inducted into the Australian Football Hall of Fame.

Playing Career

1945 – 1960 South Melbourne

Games

231

Goals

156

Playing Honours

  • Brownlow Medal 1949
  • Runner Up Brownlow Medal 1951
  • South Melbourne Best & Fairest 1948, 1949, 1951
  • South Melbourne captain 1953-1954, 1957-1960
  • South Melbourne/Sydney Swans Team of the Century
  • Victorian representative (15 games, 7 goals)

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