Australian Football Celebrating the history of the great Australian game


Key Facts

Full name
William Alexander Lang

Known as
Alex Lang

12 March 1888

Place of birth
Carlton, VIC (3053)

9 July 1943 (aged 55)

Place of death
Adelaide, SA (5000)

Age at first & last AFL game
First game: 18y 54d
Last game: 29y 89d

Height and weight
Height: 175 cm
Weight: 73 kg

Senior clubs

Jumper numbers
Carlton: 18

State of origin

Alex Lang

ClubLeagueCareer spanGamesGoalsAvgWin %AKIAHBAMKBV
CarltonV/AFL1906-1910, 1916-1917105820.7880%0
Total1906-1910, 1916-1917105820.7880%0

AFL: 1,120th player to appear, 2,232nd most games played, 1,298th most goals kickedCarlton: 195th player to appear, 162nd most games played, 117th most goals kicked

Alex 'Bongo' Lang¹ was one of the finest, and ultimately one of the most controversial, VFL footballers of the pre-World War I era. He began playing for Carlton in 1906, and was a rover in the club's 1906-7-8 premiership teams. Clever, dashing and persistent, he was rated by 'The Australasian' in 1909 as the outstanding player in the VFL.

The following year, however, Lang found himself at the centre of enormous controversy when he was dropped from Carlton's Second Semi-Final team amidst allegations that he had accepted a bribe to play dead. When the allegations were proved to the satisfaction of the Carlton committee, he was banned from playing for five years.

In 1916, after the ban had expired, Lang actually resumed with the Blues, and was a member of that year's losing Grand Final team against Fitzroy. When he finally hung up his boots at the end of the following season he had amassed 105 VFL games and booted 82 goals. 

Author - John Devaney


1. The spelling of Lang's surname in the illustration is incorrect.


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