Australian Football Celebrating the history of the great Australian game


Key Facts

Full name
Alan O'Donoghue

Known as
Alan O'Donoghue

3 June 1891

10 February 1959 (aged 67)

Age at first & last AFL game
First game: 20y 329d
Last game: 27y 96d

Height and weight
Height: 183 cm
Weight: 78 kg

Senior clubs
Richmond; South Melbourne

Jumper numbers
Richmond: 8
South Melbourne: 26, 34, 13, 32

Recruited from
Richmond (1914)

Alan O'Donoghue

ClubLeagueCareer spanGamesGoalsAvgWin %AKIAHBAMKBV
South MelbourneV/AFL1914-1915, 1917-191845140.3169%0
V/AFL1912, 1914-1915, 1917-191854210.3961%0
Total1912, 1914-1915, 1917-191854210.3961%0

AFL: 1,874th player to appear, 4,058th most games played, 3,548th most goals kickedRichmond: 92nd player to appear, 705th most games played, 456th most goals kickedSouth Melbourne: 259th player to appear, 357th most games played, 389th most goals kicked

After struggling to establish himself at Richmond, where he played just nine games and scored seven goals in 1912, Alan O’Donoghue came into his own after joining South Melbourne. Between 1914 and 1918 he played 44 games and kicked 15 goals for the southerners. His last appearance came in the 1918 premiership decider against Collingwood, which South won by five points. Playing in his usual position at centre half back, Alan O’Donoghue was one of the victors’ best players. He had earlier appeared in the 1914 challenge final clash with Carlton, which had seen the Blues edge home by a single straight kick.

Author - John Devaney


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