Australian Football Celebrating the history of the great Australian game


Key Facts

Full name
Alan Noonan

Known as
Alan Noonan

13 October 1947

13 April 2011 (aged 63)

Age at first & last AFL game
First game: 18y 248d
Last game: 29y 332d

Height and weight
Height: 188 cm
Weight: 92 kg

Senior clubs
Essendon; Richmond; Coburg

Jumper numbers
Essendon: 10
Richmond: 9

Recruited from
Warragul (1966); Essendon (1977); Richmond (1978)

Alan Noonan

ClubLeagueCareer spanGamesGoalsAvgWin %AKIAHBAMKBV

AFL: 7,837th player to appear, 711th most games played, 91st most goals kickedEssendon: 746th player to appear, 46th most games played, 9th most goals kickedRichmond: 788th player to appear, 691st most games played, 349th most goals kicked

Originally from Warrugul, Alan Noonan was widely acclaimed as the VFL recruit of the year after a stunning debut season with Essendon in 1966. Playing mainly at centre half forward, he exhibited great coolness under pressure, a shrewdness beyond his years, and the ability to take a big grab and kick a long goal. In 1967 he was selected to represent the VFL for the first of seven times, and also topped the Bombers goal kicking list with 40 goals. He went on to kick 420 goals in 182 games at Essendon between 1966 and 1976, and was the club's leading goalkicker on a then record seven occasions.¹ His best season in front of the sticks was 1974, when he booted 77 majors.

Noonan ended his VFL career with a brief, 10-game stint at Richmond in 1977. He went on to play at Coburg in 1978, and finished his senior career with Keilor.

Author - John Devaney


1. Matthew Lloyd has since broken this record.


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