Australian Football Celebrating the history of the great Australian game


Key Facts

Full name
Neil Doolan

Known as
Neil Doolan

27 January 1933

22 December 2012 (aged 79)

Age at first & last AFL game
First game: 18y 182d
Last game: 27y 213d

Height and weight
Height: 178 cm
Weight: 70 kg

Senior clubs
North Melbourne

Jumper numbers
North Melbourne: 16, 12

Neil Doolan

ClubLeagueCareer spanGamesGoalsAvgWin %AKIAHBAMKBV
North MelbourneV/AFL1951-1960103180.1746%19.003.3332

Pre 1965 stats are for selected matches only

AFL: 6,148th player to appear, 2,300th most games played, 3,837th most goals kickedNorth Melbourne: 431st player to appear, 127th most games played, 267th most goals kicked

Neil Doolan was a resourceful and resolute centreline player who improved with age and experience. He joined North Melbourne from Happy Valley, making his league debut in 1951, the same season that saw him land the Gardiner Medal as the best and fairest player in the VFL reserves competition. Over the next few seasons Doolan gradually established himself in North's senior team, in which he played chiefly as a wingman. During the second half of his career he took over from Kevin Dynon as the Kangas' first choice centreman, and his form was so consistent that he twice earned interstate selection for the Big V. Neil Doolan's VFL career ended in 1960, by which time he had played a total of 103 senior games.

Author - John Devaney


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