Full Name: BOB BAWDEN
Date of Birth: 16/02/1916
Height: 191 cm ( 6-3 )
Weight: 93 kg ( 14-9 )
Debut: 01/07/1939 , Round 11 , St Kilda
Last Game: 01/09/1945 , Round 20 , Collingwood
Total Games: 107
Total Goals: 101
Honours: Premiership 1943.
Total Games: 1
Total Goals: 1
Robert was a well-built ruckman who was a consistent senior player during his seven seasons with Richmond. He played mainly as a back up ruckman to the legendary Jack Dyer. He was a useful forward when resting from the ruck and his strong marking earned him many goals. His highest individual goal tally with Richmond was 5 versus Hawthorn in Round 17 of 1941. He was a member of the 1943 Premiership side and the 1940, 1942 and 1944 Grand Final teams.
In June 1941, Bawden suffered a double family tragedy when his father John William Bawden Snr died aged 57, and his brother John William Bawden died the following day of pneumonia at age 27.
Bawden was voted Richmond’s best player in the 1941 semi-final loss to Essendon. He won the Most Determined award in 1945. Prior to joining Richmond he played with Morwell where he was one of the best players in the league as either a centre-half-forward or ruckman. He was rarely out of the best players and his best goal tallies were 11 and 12. After leaving Richmond he coached in Tasmania until he was forced to retire due to injury. He lived in Queensland until his death in 1980. His brother Tom, played five games for Essendon in 1934.
Leongatha Imperials 1931-32, 1934 ( Honours - Premiership 1932, 1934-35 , Leading Goalkicker 1932 Goals 76 ; Oakleigh 1935 , Games 16 , Goals 21 ; Morwell 1936-39 , Games 71 , Goals 183 ( Honours - Premiership 1937 , Central Gippsland League Best & Fairest 1939 , Leading Goalkicker 1936 Goals 60 , 1937 Goals 63.
City South 1946-47, Games 22, Goals 55 ( Honours - Captain/Coach 1946 , League Representative Team 1946 , Games 3 , Goals 9 ; Cornwall 1950 , Games 3 Goals 5.