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Key Facts

Full name
Alan Atkinson

Known as
Alan Atkinson

Born
20 October 1951 (age 70)

Age at first & last AFL game
First game: 18y 257d
Last game: 28y 224d

Height and weight
Height: 182 cm
Weight: 81 kg

Senior clubs
Collingwood; Footscray

Jumper numbers
Collingwood: 16
Footscray: 16

Recruited from
Collingwood (1980)

Alan Atkinson

ClubLeagueCareer spanGamesGoalsAvgWin %AKIAHBAMKBV
CollingwoodV/AFL1970-1978134490.3760%10.532.562.3313
FootscrayV/AFL1980630.500%9.504.331.330
V/AFL1970-1978, 1980140520.3757%10.492.642.2913
Total1970-1978, 1980140520.3757%10.492.642.2913

AFL: 8,292nd player to appear, 1,450th most games played, 1,954th most goals kickedCollingwood: 713th player to appear, 124th most games played, 163rd most goals kickedFootscray: 692nd player to appear, 771st most games played, 606th most goals kicked

After a stuttering start to his League career Collingwood's Hamilton recruit Alan Atkinson bedded down to become a stalwart of the side for nigh on a decade. Debuting in 1970, he made five appearances that year but was not selected during the finals, which ended with a humiliating grand final loss to Carlton. In 1971 he struggled at first for selection but when finally picked in round six he did well, ultimately going on to play 18 matches for the year.

Pacy, dynamic and strong overhead, he was equally at home across half forward or on a wing, although he also lined up at full back on occasion during the early part of his career. Those with long enough memories will tell you of the day in 1973 when he used Hawthorn's Leon Rice as a step-ladder in taking the mark of the season, and arguably among the half dozen or so greatest V/AFL marks of all time.

Between 1970 and 1978 Atkinson played 134 VFL games and kicked and kicked 49 goals for the Magpies. At his best, he was a highly damaging player, but he lacked consistency. He rounded off his League career with half a dozen games and three goals for Footscray in 1980.

Author - John Devaney

Sources

Encyclopedia of AFL Footballers by Russell Holmesby & Jim Main; Wikipedia article; https://www.collingwoodfc.com.au/news/247504/sensational-seventies-alan-atkinson

Footnotes

* Behinds calculated from the 1965 season on.
+ Score at the end of extra time.