Australian Football Celebrating the history of the great Australian game


Key Facts

Full name
Alan Rowarth

Known as
Alan Rowarth

24 August 1936 (age 86)

Age at first & last AFL game
First game: 21y 245d
Last game: 27y 35d

Height and weight
Height: 177 cm
Weight: 77 kg

Senior clubs

Jumper numbers
Melbourne: 2

Family links
Ernie Rowarth (Cousin)

Alan Rowarth

ClubLeagueCareer spanGamesGoalsAvgWin %AKIAHBAMKBV

Pre 1965 stats are for selected matches only

AFL: 6,919th player to appear, 3,335th most games played, 1,184th most goals kickedMelbourne: 780th player to appear, 246th most games played, 87th most goals kicked

Alan Rowarth joined Melbourne in 1958 after winning the Polwarth Football League best and fairest award whilst playing for Birregurra. After making 10 senior appearances in his debut season with the Demons he established himself as a regular in the side in 1959 and 1960, both of which seasons were capped by premiership victories. In the 1959 grand final defeat of Essendon he was a useful contributor, kicking four goals from full forward.

Rowarth continued at Melbourne until 1963, ultimately playing 70 VFL games and scoring 90 goals. His goal tally would undoubtedly have been quite a bit higher but for the fact that he often played as a decoy full forward, sacrificing his own game so that others could garner the goals and the glory. After leaving the Demons he joined Mildura of the Sunraysia Football League.

Author - John Devaney


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