137. Ray Stokes

Burnie/Richmond, Centreman, 1940-1956

> 93 games, 23 goals, Richmond, 1946-51
> Represented Tasmania seven times, 1953-55
> Represented NWFU 15 times
> Coached Burnie to NWFU premiership, 1954
> Wander Medal (NWFU), 1954

Born 21 May 1924, Ray Stokes was once described by Jack Dyer as the “best thing to cross the Bass Strait”. Stokes was a consistent centreman who was highly regarded in NWFU circles. He captain-coached the NWFU team in 1952, 1955, 1956 and 1957. Stokes was also an accomplished cricketer for Tasmania.