Ron Barassi

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Ronald Dale Barassi, Jr AM (born 27 February 1936) is a former Australian rules football player and coach. During a long and decorated career, Barassi has been one of the most important figures in the history of Australian football. His father, Ron Barassi, Sr., was the first Australian footballer killed at Tobruk during World War II. The young Barassi spent his latter teenage years living with Norm Smith, coach of the Melbourne Football Club and a former teammate of his father.[1]

Barassi's name is synonymous with Australian football.[2] He is held by many as the game's greatest identity acknowledged by being the first player to be inaugurated into the Australian Football Hall of Fame as a Legend.[3]

Barassi's coaching career was both successful and regarded by many as revolutionary.[1] Barassi's clean record and passion for the game has earned him a place as celebrity and popular culture figure in Australia. He was named Victorian of the Year in 2009.

Barassi was made a Member of the Order of Australia (AM) in 1978.[4]


Early life

The only child of Ron Barassi Snr, Ron was born in the central Victorian town of Castlemaine in 1936. The following year, Barassi Snr moved to Melbourne to play VFL football with the Melbourne Football Club. A pugnacious rover, Barassi Snr was a reserve in the Demons' 1940 premiership team before leaving to serve with the army in North Africa. Ron spent his early years in Guildford, Victoria.

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