Ken Rollason’s football career 1950’s

Ken Rollason(b1928) is the son of Neville Rollason. Neville was the son of Abel Rollason who came out to Australia. Ken presently lives in Brighton ( Melbourne) Victoria and is married to Val Janet Nee Johnson (b1931)

Ken passed away : July 27 2017

ROLLASON Kenneth Neville Cumstie 12.7.1928 – 27.7.2017 Aged 89 years Passed away peacefully at Cabrini Hospital, Malvern Dearly loved husband of Val, loving father of Suzie (dec. ), Geoff and Pam. Father-in-law to Craig and Linda. Grandfather of Amelia (dec. ), William, Edward, Connor, Zach, Kellie and Samuel. A gentleman at rest and in our hearts forever

From “Demonwiki”  –  A History of Melbourne Football Club

Ken Rollason

DOB: 12 July, 1928
Debut: Round 2, 1949 against Collingwood at MCG
Last Game: Round 9, 1950 against South Melbourne at Lake Oval

Games: 11
Goals: 13
Career Statistics

Wins Draws Losses Winning %
6 0 5 54.54

From: Melbourne Grammar/Old Melbournians

Number: 27 1949-1950

Recruited to play in the seconds, Rollason impressed as a defender when he broke into the senior squad but soon found himself at the other end of the ground.

With the side struggling to find a full-forward during 1950 pre-season training,      Rollason requested a trial in the position and booted ten in the next practice match.       The following week he was opposed by gun full back Shane McGrath and still managed four. Selected to play as the spearhead in the Round 1 match against Carlton he kicked six in his sixth game and it appeared that the search for a spearhead had come to an end.

The next week he booted another five, but was held goalless in the third game of the year and kicked just one in the fourth before being dropped. He returned for one more game for the year and didn’t play VFL football again.

In 1954 Rollason made the St. Kilda final list but failed to play a game.

His father Neville played 5 games for Geelong in 1921 and 1922.

Year Games Goals Brownlow
1949 6 0 0
1950 5 13 0

Media – The Argus 27/05/1950
“Few surprises on lists” – The Age 12/04/1954

The Second Article:

From: page 6 of The Melbourne Argus Saturday 27th May 1950:


This week Percy Taylor tells us about the representatives of each League team in this vital position –  the men who kick the goals.

FULL FORWARDS are almost the “glamour boys” of football. They are scarce, hard to find, and difficult to train. It is by no means an easy job. The full forward is a marked man. Not only does the full back keep on his heels all day, but back-pocket players, and even ruckmen and rovers, hamper him in every possible way. As he flies for the ball he is almost a “sitting shot” for unscrupulous opponents, and it is rare indeed for the chief goal-kicker to emerge scatheless from a game.

There is something thrilling about a full forward in action. The fast lead cut, the clever mark from a stab-kick pass, the high leap for the ball kicked haphazardly in his direction, the elusive turn, and the« straight kick, either from a deliberate shot or a quick snap, all are watched with eagerness by the crowds.

There have been some grand full forwards over the years with Dick Lee, Gordon Coventry, and Ron Todd, all from Collingwood, and Bob Pratt, of South Melbourne, probably the most spectacular.

KEN ROLLASON’s inclusion as full forward of Melbourne is almost a romance. He came from Old Melbournians to the seconds, where his work as full back was sufficiently good to send him into the senior side in the absence for several matches of Shane McGrath.

When training was in full swing this year, and Melbourne were in difficulties about finding a goal-kicker, Ken asked to be given, a trial there. He was keen to play with the seniors, but, with Shane McGrath fit and well and in fine form, Ken could see no opening for himself at that end of the ground. More from desperation than with any hope that he – almost an untried player as far as goal-kicking was concerned – could fill that position at all adequately, selectors placed him there in a practice match, and he kicked ten goals. In the next match he was opposed by the great McGrath for a half, battling strongly to kick four goals against him, and a total of eleven for the game.

He kicked five goals in the opening match against Ollie Grieve, of Carlton, and deserved his success. Then he followed with another five against Richmond.

Rollason, who played five senior games last year, is only 21 years. He is 6ft. 4in. and nearly 13st. His success has come from smart leading out, clean marking, and accurate kicking. When he fills out, as expected, he will be more set in his play, and should be a most valuable player.

It is somewhat unusual that Melbourne, in that game against North Melbourne, should have included no fewer than six former Melbourne Grammar School boys. In addition to Rollason,      they were the Cordner brothers, Doug Heywood, Mike Woods, and Dave Bedford.

N.B.  This article on the Full Forwards of each VFL side included players such as Bill Twomey      of Collingwood and Lindsay White, Geelong captain, and of course an extended mention of  “the sensation of last year” John Coleman.

ken rollason with wife, margaret perdriau and geoff perdriau , jen 2009

Ken Rollason right with wife at end, Jen stubbs at front, Geoff and Margaret Perdriau at left(2009)

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