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Key Facts

Full name
Allan Norman Sidebottom

Known as
Allan Sidebottom

1 January 1959 (age 64)

Age at first & last AFL game
First game: 24y 133d
Last game: 28y 169d

Height and weight
Height: 193 cm
Weight: 86 kg

Senior clubs
Swan Districts; St. Kilda; Fitzroy

Jumper numbers
St. Kilda: 2
Fitzroy: 2

Recruited from
Swan Districts (1983); St. Kilda (1987)

Family links
Garry Sidebottom (Brother)Beau McDonald (Nephew)Jordan Lockyer (Nephew)

Allan Sidebottom

ClubLeagueCareer spanGamesGoalsAvgWin %AKIAHBAMKBV
Swan DistrictsWAFL1977-1983, 198898770.79
St. KildaV/AFL1983-198755180.3322%7.356.094.6916
WAFL1977-1983, 198898770.79

AFL: 9,435th player to appear, 4,007th most games played, 3,921st most goals kickedSt. Kilda: 1,285th player to appear, 282nd most games played, 333rd most goals kickedFitzroy: 1,050th player to appear, 1,148th most games played, 1,139th most goals kicked

More lightly built than his older brother Garry, Allan Sidebottom was also less physical in his approach, but at his best was no less effective. He played for most of his career, which comprised 98 games for Swan Districts between 1977 and 1982 and in 1988, 55 games for St Kilda between 1983 and 1987, a single appearance for Fitzroy in 1987, and one state of origin game for Western Australia, as a ruckman. Perhaps his finest moment came with a starring role for Swans in their 18.19 (127) to 11.12 (78) Grand Final victory over Claremont in 1982. Two years earlier, he had also been a member of Swans' losing Grand Final team against South Fremantle.

Author - John Devaney


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