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Key Facts

Full name
Allan Sinclair

Known as
Allan Sinclair

13 June 1953 (age 69)

Age at first & last AFL game
First game: 19y 312d
Last game: 25y 333d

Height and weight
Height: 196 cm
Weight: 91 kg

Senior clubs
Fitzroy; St. Kilda; Port Melbourne

Jumper numbers
Fitzroy: 31
St. Kilda: 13

Recruited from
Fitzroy (1979); St. Kilda (1979)

Family links
Callum Sinclair (Son)

Allan Sinclair

ClubLeagueCareer spanGamesGoalsAvgWin %AKIAHBAMKBV
St. KildaV/AFL1979210.500%7.504.005.000
Port MelbourneVFA1979-198021

AFL: 8,544th player to appear, 4,719th most games played, 4,625th most goals kickedFitzroy: 905th player to appear, 309th most games played, 339th most goals kickedSt. Kilda: 1,219th player to appear, 1,394th most games played, 1,051st most goals kicked

Allan Sinclair was a tall ruckman/forward recruited to Fitzroy from Croydon in the Eastern Districts Football League. Richmond tried to list him but he was zoned on the border of Richmond and Fitzroy and could not obtain a clearance from the Lions. In 1970, aged 16, he commenced with the Fitzroy under 19s and won the best and fairest the following year. Sinclair made his senior debut as a key forward in 1973 but struggled for a regular spot until 1977 when then coach Kevin Rose selected him for a sequence of games, enabling him to cement his position and bolster his confidence.

Injury plagued him in 1978, and with Rose departing, Sinclair was cleared to St Kilda after 39 senior games with the Lions. After only two early season games with the Saints, and unable to resolve a contractual dispute, he crossed mid-season (without a clearance) to Port Melbourne in the VFA at the prompting of revered club president, Norm Goss Snr. Settling in well as a key forward with the Boroughs, he enjoyed a strong 1979 season under playing-coach Peter McKenna, as the team ultimately finishing third overall. The 1980 season saw the arrival of a new coach Gary Brice, and premiership success, although unfortunately for Sinclair, chronic ankle injuries took their toll and he was unable to take the field during the successful 1980 finals campaign. He retired from the game shortly thereafter. 

Author - Allan Sinclair with AF editorial


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