|Birth||13 January 1893Albert Park, Victoria,|
|Recruited from||Middle Park Wesley|
|Death||10 October 1963, Hobart, Tasmania|
|Debut||Round 15, 29 July 1911, St Kilda vs. Carlton, at Princes Park|
|Team(s)||St Kilda (1911-1920)
99 games, 38 goals
South Melbourne (1921-1924, 1926-1927)
99 games, 129 goals
Total - 198 Games, 167 Goals
|Team(s)||South Melbourne (1922) [non-playing coach] (1937-1938)
52 games - 12 wins, 38 losses, 2 draws
Hawthorn [non-playing coach] (1942-43)
30 games - 10 wins, 20 losses
|¹ Statistics to end of 2005 season|
Cazaly was born in Albert Park, a suburb of Melbourne on 13 January 1893. He learnt his football at the local state school, quickly becoming its first-choice ruckman. He made his debut in the Victorian Football League for St Kilda in 1911, for whom he would play 99 matches.
Cazaly was famous for his ability to take spectacular marks despite his small stature, and at South Melbourne a teammate, Fred "Skeeter" Fleiter, would often yell "Up there, Cazaly", a phrase that would become synonymous with Australian Rules football. He initially developed his marking ability by jumping at a ball strung up in a shed at his home, and held his breath as he jumped, an action that he believed lifted him higher. He also possessed the capacity to kick a football over 65 metres. In 2009 The Australian nominated Cazaly as one of the 25 greatest footballers never to win a Brownlow medal.
In 1928 he departed Victoria and headed for Launceston, Tasmania, before returning in 1931 to coach the Preston in the Victorian Football Association. His subsequent return to Tasmania was punctuated by short stints as non-playing coach of South Melbourne (in 1937-38), playing coach of Camberwell (in 1941) and non-playing coach of Hawthorn (in 1942-43), and as non-playing assistant coach of South in 1947. While coaching Hawthorn, he was reported to have given the club its nickname the "Hawks" as he saw it as tougher than their original nickname the "Mayblooms".
He is known to have played 378 senior matches (including 13 interstate matches for Victoria and 5 for Tasmania). Throughout his career he stood at just 180 centimetres (5 feet 11 inches) and was incredibly fit. He retired from competitive football in 1941 at the age of 48. Later, he coached (non-playing) New Town to a number of Tasmanian Football League premierships. After his retirement from football, he was involved in many business ventures before his death in Hobart on 10 October 1963. His son, Roy junior, played for New Town after World War Two.
Cazaly was inducted into the Australian Football Hall of Fame in 1996 as one of the inaugural twelve Legends.