Playing Career
1940-1954 – Fitzroy



Playing Honours
Brownlow Medallist – 1950
Fitzroy Best & Fairest – 1944-46, 1948-49
Fitzroy Captain – 1948, 1950-54
Fitzroy Leading Goal Kicker – 1944-45, 1954
Fitzroy Team of the Century
Lions Life Member
AFL Hall of Fame
Fitzroy Kings of the Pride (1927-1956)
Fitzroy Greatest Team (1944-93)
Victorian State Representative (17 times)

Coaching Career
1951-1954 – Fitzroy

Games Coached


Born and raised in the Fitzroy area, Allan Ruthven did it all.

Nicknamed ‘The Baron' after Australian Governor General Baron Hore-Ruthven, he was a brilliant rover who was rarely beaten for the ball, and would use his possessions to great effect.

He achieved almost everything imaginable in the game throughout his decorated career.

He won five Best & Fairest awards, spent six seasons as Captain, three years as Captain-Coach, was an integral member of Fitzroy's 1944 Premiership side, and topped it all off with the 1950 Brownlow Medal.

Ruthven also proved deadly around goals, booting a total of 442 goals in his 222 matches and leading the Club's goal-kicking on three occasions. Not bad for a 173cm midfielder.

There's no doubting 'The Baron' made a lasting impression at the Maroons – and deserves his place among the Club's absolute 'best of the best'.