Australian Football Celebrating the history of the great Australian game


Key Facts

Full name
Brian Boland

Known as
Brian Boland

26 July 1931

20 April 2012 (aged 80)

Age at first & last AFL game
First game: 18y 284d
Last game: 24y 4d

Height and weight
Height: 180 cm
Weight: 73 kg

Senior clubs
Richmond; Hawthorn; Sandringham

Jumper numbers
Richmond: 9
Hawthorn: 1

Recruited from
Richmond (1955); Hawthorn (1956)

Family links
Glenn Boland (Son)

Brian Boland

ClubLeagueCareer spanGamesGoalsAvgWin %AKIAHBAMKBV

AFL: 5,986th player to appear, 3,931st most games played, 5,885th most goals kickedRichmond: 498th player to appear, 308th most games played, 487th most goals kickedHawthorn: 457th player to appear, 686th most games played, 857th most goals kicked

Brian Boland worked his way up from the thirds at Richmond before making his senior VFL debut in 1950. A back pocket specialist who could also do a job in the pivot, he started 13 of his 50 appearances for the Tigers on the bench. He also played 57 reserves matches, including the 1954 grand final at that level in which Richmond accounted for Melbourne by 47 points. In 1955 he crossed to Hawthorn, where he added six games, before rounding off his playing career with 90 VFA games and 63 goals for Sandringam. Towards the end of his time with the Hawks he was offered the role of captain-coach of the North Wagga Football Club but he preferred to stay in Melbourne. While at the Zebras he served as their skipper in 1957 and won a club best and fairest award two years later.

Author - John Devaney


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