Allan La Fontaine

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Allan La Fontaine
Personal information
Full name Allan La Fontaine
Date of birth 15 December 1910
Place of birth Eskdale, Victoria
Date of death 14 December 1999(1999-12-14) (aged 88)
Original team University Blacks
Height/Weight 175 cm / 81 kg
Position(s) Centreman
Playing career1
Years Club Games (Goals)
1934–1942, 1945 Melbourne 171 (77)
Representative team honours
Years Team Games (Goals)
Victoria 2 (0)
Coaching career
Years Club Games (W–L–D)
1949–1951 Melbourne 56 (25-31-0)
1 Playing statistics correct to end of 1945 season.
Career highlights
  • Melbourne captain 1936 to 1941
  • Melbourne best and fairest 1935, 1936, 1941, 1942

Allan Faulkner La Fontaine (15 December 1910 – 14 December 1999) was an Australian rules footballer in the Victorian Football League (VFL).

La Fontaine was originally born at Eskdale, in north-eastern Victoria (Australia). While still a youngster his parents Cyrelle and Beatrice brought the family to Melbourne where they settled in the suburb of Footscray. He had three brothers, Claude, Lionel and Donald. La Fontaine attended St. Joseph's CBC North Melbourne (later St. Joseph's College Melbourne) from 1925 to 1929 where he earned the title Captain of College for 1927, 1928 and 1929.[1] He went on to complete his secondary education at St Kevin's College, Melbourne before proceeding to university where he eventually gained a Bachelor of Science.

During the second world war, La Fontaine served as a Flying Officer with the RAAF between 1942 and 1945 and on his return took up his trade as an industrial chemist. Two of his brothers served in the Australian Army during the same conflict.

La Fontaine's football career changed dramatically when he was recruited from University Blacks. He was considered a brilliant full-forward, and was to earn his fame playing with the Melbourne Football Club as a centreman. He was captain of Melbourne during their hat-trick of premierships in 1939, 1940 and 1941. La Fontaine went on to coach Melbourne from 1949 until 1951.[2]

In 1996 La Fontaine was inducted into the Australian Football Hall of Fame.[3]


  1. ^ Review of St. Joseph's Christian Brothers' College North Melbourne on the occasion of the Golden Jubilee 1903-1952. North Melbourne, St. Joseph's, 1953
  2. ^ Holmesby, Russell; Main, Jim (2002). The Encyclopedia of AFL Footballers: every AFL/VFL player since 1897 (4th ed.). Melbourne, Victoria: Crown Content. p. 362. ISBN 1-74095-001-1.
  3. ^ Hall of Fame – Players
  • Ross, John (1999). The Australian Football Hall of Fame. Australia: HarperCollinsPublishers. p. 87. ISBN 0-7322-6426-X. 

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