Australian Football Celebrating the history of the great Australian game


Key Facts

Full name
Alexander Gardiner

Known as
Alex Gardiner

3 January 1935 (age 87)

Age at first & last AFL game
First game: 20y 117d
Last game: 27y 220d

Height and weight
Height: 175 cm
Weight: 73 kg

Senior clubs
Footscray; Box Hill

Jumper numbers
Footscray: 12

Recruited from
Gisborne (1955)

Family links
Alex Gardiner (Father)

Alex Gardiner

ClubLeagueCareer spanGamesGoalsAvgWin %AKIAHBAMKBV
FootscrayV/AFL1955-1956, 1958-196292180.2045%11.673.0027
Box HillVFA1963-196773610.84
Total1955-1956, 1958-1967165790.48

Pre 1965 stats are for selected matches only

AFL: 6,541st player to appear, 2,584th most games played, 3,837th most goals kickedFootscray: 416th player to appear, 142nd most games played, 281st most goals kicked

Speedy and intelligent, wingman Alex Gardiner gave Footscray sound, if occasionally inconsistent, service in 92 VFL games between 1955 and 1962. He was a member of the Bulldogs' losing Grand Final team of 1961 against Hawthorn. In 1963, Gardiner was appointed captain-coach of VFA second division side Box Hill, where he remained for five seasons, playing 73 games. His form as a player during that time was excellent, and he ran fourth in the Field Trophy voting in his first season, was runner-up in 1964, and finished equal third in 1966.

Author - John Devaney


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