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Key Facts

Full name
Alan Killigrew

Known as
Alan Killigrew

27 January 1918

10 June 2001 (aged 83)

Age at first & last AFL game
First game: 20y 135d
Last game: 27y 91d

Height and weight
Height: 168 cm
Weight: 71 kg

Senior clubs
St. Kilda

Jumper numbers
St. Kilda: 38, 17, 27, 20

Alan Killigrew

ClubLeagueCareer spanGamesGoalsAvgWin %AKIAHBAMKBV
St. KildaV/AFL1938-1941, 1943-194578750.9641%22
Total1938-1941, 1943-194578750.9641%22

AFL: 4,628th player to appear, 3,028th most games played, 1,429th most goals kickedSt. Kilda: 755th player to appear, 185th most games played, 83rd most goals kicked

St Kilda’s Alan Killigrew was a relentlessly tough rover who unabashedly relished the physical side of the game. Unfortunately, his highly promising career was cut short by illness, leaving him to turn his hand to coaching.

Winner of the Saints’ 1941 best and fairest award he played a total of 78 VFL games and booted 75 goals from 1938 to 1941 and between 1943 and 1945. As a coach he spent time in charge of St Kilda, Norwood and North Melbourne and also steered Victoria’s carnival team to victory at Hobart in 1966. His coaching style was as ‘full on’ as his playing style, characterised by rousing, impassioned oratory as well as much animated gesticulation.

Author - John Devaney


Encyclopedia of AFL Footballers by Russell Holmesby & Jim Main; Wikipedia article


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