Full Name: RAY STOKES
Date of Birth: 21/05/1924
Height: 180 cm ( 5-11 )
Weight: 84 kg ( 13-3 )
Debut: 18/05/1946, Round 5, Collingwood
Last Game: 01/09/1951, Round 18, Melbourne
Total Games: 93
Total Goals: 23
Ray played most of his football in the centre after being recruited from Tasmanian club Burnie. He was a player who excelled in heavy conditions and although not pacy, he was able to avoid tackles with perfect timing. He won Richmond's Best First Year Player award in 1946 and ran second in the 1951 Best and Fairest award. He spent six seasons with Richmond before returning to Burnie as playing-coach, retiring in 1957 with a total of 292 senior games. He was also a fine cricketer representing the Burnie Cricket Club, and also playing briefly with the Richmond Senior XI in 1946/1947. He once scored a half century for a Combined XI against a touring English team in Tasmania. He later wrote a sporting column in the Hobart Mercury newspaper which covered the North West Football Union games and results. Ray still lives in Tasmania.
Burnie 1944-45 ( Honours - Premiership 1945 ).
Burnie 1952-57, Games 156 including 1944-45, Goals 140 including 1944-45 ( Honours - Premiership 1952, Captain/Coach 1952-57, Competition Best & Fairest " Wander Medal " 1954, League Representative Team Games 25 Goals 18 including 1944-45, Tasmanian Representative Team Games 8 Goals 3 including 1944-45 ).