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Key Facts

Full name
Kevin Neale

Known as
Kevin Neale


18 July 1945

16 September 2023 (aged 78)

Age at first & last AFL game
First game: 19y 308d
Last game: 32y 40d

Height and weight
Height: 189 cm
Weight: 99 kg

Senior clubs
St. Kilda

Jumper numbers
St. Kilda: 31, 18

Kevin Neale

ClubLeagueCareer spanGamesGoalsAvgWin %AKIAHBAMKBV
St. KildaV/AFL1965-19772563011.1853%10.071.464.2226

AFL: 7,710th player to appear, 235th most games played, 196th most goals kickedSt. Kilda: 1,118th player to appear, 11th most games played, 9th most goals kicked

Nicknamed ‘Cowboy’ because of his bow legs and rolling gait, Kevin Neale (caricatured right) can lay claim to being one of the St Kilda Football Club’s most noteworthy sons. He joined the Saints from South Warrnambool and made his league debut in round six 1965 against North Melbourne. Early in his career he played mainly as a ruckman changing in a back pocket but later on he also played quite a few games at full forward. In the 1966 grand final, playing at the goal front, he contributed 5 goals to St Kilda’s winning tally of 10.14 to be one of his team’s most effective players.

In 1966-7-8-9 Kevin Neale was St Kilda’s top goal kicker, with 55 goals in 1966 his best tally. Strong, determined and aggressively competitive he won the club’s best and fairest award in 1973 and was a VFL interstate representative against Tasmania in 1967. He left the Saints at the end of the 1977 season having played 256 VFL games and kicked 301 goals.

Appointed captain-coach of Ainslie in 1978 he oversaw four premierships over the course of his six season stint in charge whilst also performing strongly as a player, mainly at full forward. In 1980, 1981 and 1982 he topped the ACTAFL’s goal kicking cahrts, with his tally of 149 in 1980 representing an all time record for the competition.

Neale later coached SANFL club Central District (1984 to 1987) and Tuggeranong of the ACTAFL (1993 to 1995) without notable success.

He was included in St Kilda’s official ‘Team of the Century’ as a back pocket, presumably changing in the ruck.

Author - John Devaney


Various Wikipedia articles


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