|Jumper||7, 26, 12, 22, 32, 1|
|V/AFL Clubs||Footscray, Hawthorn|
Ivan McAlpine was one of the best wingmen of his generation. Bigger than most of his direct opponents he also possessed the brains and speed to make the most of this advantage. A regular Big V representative, he played a total of 112 VFL games for Footscray from 1927 to 1933, skippering the side in his final year, and winning club champion awards in 1927, 1930 and 1932. The 1934 season saw him on the move to Hawthorn where he added another 67 league games over the course of his last four seasons in the VFL. Captain-coach of the Mayblooms between 1935 and 1937 he continued as coach in a non-playing capacity in 1938 but was only once - in 1937 - able to get his team out of the bottom three.
Author - John Devaney