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Key Facts

Full name
Alan Dale

Known as
Alan Dale

14 November 1929

21 April 2007 (aged 77)

Age at first & last AFL game
First game: 20y 264d
Last game: 27y 192d

Height and weight
Height: 177 cm
Weight: 78 kg

Senior clubs
Oakleigh; Essendon; St. Kilda

Jumper numbers
Essendon: 15, 16
St. Kilda: 16

Recruited from
Essendon (1956)

Alan Dale

ClubLeagueCareer spanGamesGoalsAvgWin %AKIAHBAMKBV
Mount Waverley Catholics
EssendonV/AFL1950-1953, 19564530.0767%14
Wangaratta RoversOMFL1954-1955
St. KildaV/AFL1956-19571720.1229%7
V/AFL1950-1953, 1956-19576250.0856%21

AFL: 6,043rd player to appear, 3,700th most games played, 6,265th most goals kickedEssendon: 631st player to appear, 373rd most games played, 639th most goals kickedSt. Kilda: 1,030th player to appear, 650th most games played, 836th most goals kicked

Essendon recruited Alan Dale locally from Doutta Stars and he worked his way steadily through the ranks before making his senior VFL debut in 1950. Three years earlier he had enjoyed the distinction of winning the first ever Morrish Medal for the best and fairest player in the VFL's under 19s competition. At the end of his debut season with the seniors he was in the centre as the Dons overcame North Melbourne in the Grand Final by 38 points. An old fashioned, stay at home type of centreman, he appeared slow, but a combination of strength, guile and excellent anticipation skills enabled him to win more than his fair share of kicks.

After four years with Essendon Dale spent the 1954 and 1955 seasons as captain-coach of Wangaratta Rovers in the Ovens and Murray Football League. The 1956 season saw him back at Windy Hill, but after just three games, which took his final tally with the Bombers to 45, he crossed to St Kilda, where he rounded off his VFL career with 17 games over the ensuing couple of years. Stints at Belgrave, Oakleigh and Mt Waverley brought his senior football career to an end.

Author - John Devaney


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