Full Name: RON BRANTON
Date of Birth: 10/06/1933
Height: 170 cm ( 5-7 )
Weight: 71 kg ( 11-3 )
Debut: 18/04/1953 , Round 1 , Melbourne
Last Game: 25/08/1962 , Round 18 , North Melbourne
Total Games: 170
Total Goals: 171
Honours: Captain 1960-62, Best & Fairest 1960, 1961, 1962, Leading Goalkicker 1953 Goals 22, 1954 Goals 33, VFL Representative Team 1957, 1962 Games 2 Goals 3.
Ron played in the back-pocket and as a rover after being recruited from Maryborough. He was a courageous and inspiring player and though only short in stature was a strong mark. He was a tireless trier who had the ability to nullify opponents and still gather possessions himself. He polled well in the Best and Fairest award running equal second in the 1956, second in 1958 and third in 1957, before winning the award in 1960, 1961 and 1962. He was senior vice captain in 1958 and 1959 and captain from 1960 until 1962. He also won the Most Determined Trophy in 1957. In 1953 he won the Best First Year Player award and in 1962 he was awarded Life Membership. He also won the club Goalkicking award in 1953 and 1954 and he went on to represent Victoria twice. Ron’s highest individual goal tally was 4 which he kicked on five occasions. In his last VFL season he ran equal second in the 1962 “Brownlow Medal”. He captained the club to their only night Premiership win, which ironically was his last game with the club and won the Best and Fairest for the third time. Only Kevin Bartlett, Jacky Dyer and Roy Wright have won more Best and Fairest awards. After leaving Richmond he coached Myrtleford for three seasons and is now living in Queensland.
Maryborough 1950-52, Games 34, Goals 29 ( Honours - Best & Fairest 1952 ).
Myrtleford Captain/Coach 1963-65, Games 60 ( Honours - Leading Goalkicker 1964 Goals 25 ) ; Whitfield 1966-67, Games 40.