Ross Glendinning was one of the greatest Australian rules footballers to come from Western Australia. He represented East Perth in the West Australian Football League (WAFL) and North Melbourne and West Coast in the Victorian Football League (VFL). Solidly built but agile and skillful in equal measure, Glendinning was considered one of the finest key-position players of his era.

Ross Glendinning was a regular interstate representative, and, with 13 appearances, holds the record for the most state of origin games for Western Australia. In 1987, after a stellar stint with North, which included winning the 1983 Brownlow Medal, he returned to his home state to join the newly formed West Coast Football Club.

Glendinning has been inducted into the WA Hall of Champions (1994), the Australian Football Hall of Fame (2000), the WA Football Hall of Fame (2004) and the North Melbourne Hall of Fame (2012). He was named at centre half-back in the North Melbourne Football Club’s Team of the Century. In addition, the Ross Glendinning Medal is named in his honour and is awarded to the player judged best afield in the West Australian derby between West Coast and Fremantle each AFL season.

Playing Career

1978 – 1986 North Melbourne, 1987 – 1988 West Coast

Games

230

Goals

325

Playing Honours

  • Brownlow Medal winner 1983
  • All-Australian 1983
  • West Coast leading goal kicker 1987, 1988
  • Australian Football Hall of Fame inductee 2000

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