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Bob Armstrong

Career : 1896 - 1897 - 1898
Debut : Inception Blue - Round 1, 1897 vs Fitzroy, aged 24 years, 287 days
Carlton Player No. 4
Games : 12 plus approx 29 VFA games
Goals : 0
Last Game : Round 3, 1898 vs Essendon, aged 25 years, 302 days
Height :
Weight : 61 kg. (9 stone, 8 lbs)
DOB : July 25, 1872
DOD: June 3, 1951


Robert Daniel Armstrong was one of the twenty special young men who wore the uniform of the Carlton Football Club at the Brunswick Street Oval on Saturday, May 8, 1897, when the embryo Victorian Football League played the first round of matches in its eight-team competition. Fitzroy dampened Carlton’s celebrations with an emphatic five-goal win.

One of the fifteen Inception Blues who had also played for Carlton in the VFA, Bob Armstrong was a speedy winger who had come to Princes Park from North Melbourne Juniors. (In those last years of the 19th century, ‘Junior’ clubs were not necessarily for schoolboys. Often, they denoted teams that were strictly amateur).

Bob was one of the few Blues of that time who kept the same position throughout his senior career. He played as a wingman in each of his twelve appearances, but celebrated victory just once – after a spiteful game against St Kilda at Princes Park in July, 1897.

Armstrong saddled up for a second season in 1898, but played just twice more before quitting top level football after Carlton lost another match to Essendon in round three of 1898.

At the Carlton AGM April 06 1899 Bob Armstrong was presented with a long service testamonial.

02 May 1900, R. Armstrong was granted a permit to play with Richmond, same player?

Bob passed away aged 78, on June 3, 1951.


Victorian Football Association
Career: 1895-1896 (1897-1898 V.F.L.)
Games: 29


1895 Armstrong recruited from North Melbourne Juniors.

Armstrong definitely played in 11 games and was named in the squad in the seven other matches.
It is most likely that he played in all 18 matches in his first season.

1895 September 27
The VFA tribunal suspended Armstrong for the first two games of the 1896 season.
He and Port Melbourne's Drew copped the same suspension over an incident in the game on August 24.

1896 Armstrong played in at least 7 games.
Match details for the other 9 games are missing.
Most likely played in 16 games this year.

1896 May 23
Armstrong played in the Blues win against Richmond at Richmond

1896 June 20
Armstrong played in the drawn match at the M.C.G. against Geelong.

1896 June 27
Armstrong played in the drawn game against Port Melbourne at the University ground.

1896 July 25
Armstrong scored a goal in the loss to Melbourne on the M.C.G.

1896 September 12
Armstrong played in the loss to Collingwood at Victoria Park.

Armstrong possibly played in most matches this year, however, very few Carlton teams have been found for this year.

1896 CFC Annual Report, Bob Armstrong scored 1 goal during the season.

Blueseum: Summary of playing statistics for Bob Armstrong | Pre VFL Players | Armstrong's Blueseum Image Gallery

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