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Key Facts

Full name
Thomas Alvin

Known as
Tom Alvin

21 April 1962 (age 61)

Age at first & last AFL game
First game: 21y 345d
Last game: 32y 143d

Height and weight
Height: 183 cm
Weight: 81 kg

Senior clubs
Carlton; Sandringham

Jumper numbers
Carlton: 31

Recruited from
Bairnsdale (1984); Carlton (1995)

Tom Alvin

ClubLeagueCareer spanGamesGoalsAvgWin %AKIAHBAMKBV

AFL: 9,472nd player to appear, 499th most games played, 1,139th most goals kickedCarlton: 914th player to appear, 26th most games played, 97th most goals kicked

Tom Alvin ... played like a man possessed, kicking the goals of a goal sneak not a half-back galloper ...¹

Tom Alvin was an energetic, determined and adaptable footballer who is probably unfairly remembered at least as much for his trademark flowing locks as his football ability, which was considerable. Carlton recruited him from Bairnsdale, and he gave the club 218 games of impeccable service between 1984 and 1994, kicking 95 goals. He was equally comfortable undertaking a creative, attacking role either on the ball or across centre, orplaying as a tagger.

Playing as a ruck-rover, Alvin was arguably the Blues' best player in their seven-goal Grand Final loss to Hawthorn in 1986. The following season he again played well as Carlton gained revenge over the same opponent with a 15.14 (104) to 9.17 (71) Grand Final win. He played in a third Grand Final in his penultimate AFL season, but the Blues went under to Essendon.

Appointed captain-coach of Sandringham in 1995, Alvin spent two years in the role, steering his side to a losing Grand Final against Springvale in his first season.

Author - John Devaney


1. “The Canberra Times”, 22/8/94, page 25. The comment relates to a rousing Carlton win over ladder leaders West Coast at Princes Park.


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