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Key Facts

Full name
Alan Linden

Known as
Alan Linden

27 April 1917

5 October 1956 (aged 39)

Age at first & last AFL game
First game: 24y 69d
Last game: 30y 13d

Height and weight
Height: 191 cm
Weight: 96 kg

Senior clubs
South Melbourne

Jumper numbers
South Melbourne: 23, 33, 31, 36

Alan Linden

ClubLeagueCareer spanGamesGoalsAvgWin %AKIAHBAMKBV
South MelbourneV/AFL1941-194780560.7055%0

AFL: 4,955th player to appear, 3,001st most games played, 1,873rd most goals kickedSouth Melbourne: 580th player to appear, 191st most games played, 131st most goals kicked

Alan Linden was a hefty 191cm 96kg ruckman and forward who commenced his senior football career in 1939 with Sandringham in the VFA. In 1941 he joined South Melbourne where, after initially struggling to gain a regular senior place, he developed into a handy player. In 1945 he played in South’s grand final team against Carlton after having been omitted from the side for the second semi final. Lining up in a forward pocket he produced a serviceable performance and kicked a couple of goals, but the Blues proved too strong. He retired as a player in 1947 after 80 VFL games and 56 goals with the red and whites.

Author - John Devaney


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


* Behinds calculated from the 1965 season on.
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