Stan Alves

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Stan Alves
Personal information
Full name Neil Stanley Alves
Date of birth (1946-05-22) 22 May 1946 (age 69)
Original team Edithvale-Aspendale
Height/Weight 178 cm / 78 kg
Position(s) Wing
Playing career1
Years Club Games (Goals)
1965–1976
1977–1979
Total
Melbourne
North Melbourne
226 (160)
040 0(14)
266 (174)
Representative team honours
Years Team Games (Goals)
1968–1975 Victoria 4 (?)
Coaching career3
Years Club Games (W–L–D)
1994–1998 St Kilda 110 (53–56–1)
1 Playing statistics correct to end of 1979 season.
2 State and international statistics correct as of 1975.
3 Coaching statistics correct as of 1998.
Career highlights
  • North Melbourne premiership side: 1977
  • Melbourne captain: 1973–1976
  • Brownlow Medal runner-up: 1975

Neil Stanley "Stan" Alves, OAM (born 22 May 1946) is a former Australian rules football player and coach.

Playing career[edit]

Alves played 226 games for the Melbourne Football Club in the 1970s, captaining them from 1973–1976 and finishing runner-up for the Brownlow Medal in 1975, before joining North Melbourne in 1977. Legend has it that he chose to play for North Melbourne rather than Collingwood based on a coin toss.[1] It proved to be a wise decision as North Melbourne met Collingwood in the 1977 Grand Final and, after initially playing a 76-all draw, won the replay 151–124.

Alves played 40 games for North Melbourne before retiring.

Post-playing career[edit]

Alves became coach of St Kilda in 1994. St Kilda won the 1996 pre-season competition.[2]

Alves went on to coach St Kilda to its second minor premiership and first Grand Final in 26 years in 1997, earning the AFL Coach of the Year award. Alves' coaching career at St Kilda concluded at the end of the 1998 season.

On 24 October 2000, Alves was awarded the Australian Sports Medal for his contribution to Australian football.[3] On 26 January 2008, Alves was awarded the Order of Australia Medal for "service to Australian Rules football as a player, coach and commentator, and to the community as a supporter of charitable organisations".[4]

Playing Statistics[edit]

[5]
Legend
 G  Goals  B  Behinds  K  Kicks  H  Handballs  D  Disposals  M  Marks  T  Tackles
Denotes seasons in which Alves won an AFL Premiership
Season Team # Games G B K H D M T G B K H D M T
Totals Averages (per game)
1965 Melbourne 15 12 1 2 115 13 128 32 0.1 0.2 9.6 1.1 10.7 2.7
1966 Melbourne 15 18 2 12 254 44 298 63 0.1 0.7 14.1 2.4 16.6 3.5
1967 Melbourne 15 18 7 5 296 48 344 83 0.4 0.3 16.4 2.7 19.1 4.6
1968 Melbourne 15 18 20 17 278 70 348 74 1.1 0.9 15.4 3.9 19.3 4.1
1969 Melbourne 15 20 16 20 317 72 389 89 0.8 1.0 15.9 3.6 19.5 4.5
1970 Melbourne 15 20 3 16 318 84 402 98 0.2 0.8 15.9 4.2 20.1 4.9
1971 Melbourne 15 18 9 17 276 81 357 92 0.5 0.9 15.3 4.5 19.8 5.1
1972 Melbourne 15 21 22 14 373 62 435 136 1.0 0.7 17.8 3.0 20.7 6.5
1973 Melbourne 15 22 29 27 318 83 401 120 1.3 1.2 14.5 3.8 18.2 5.5
1974 Melbourne 15 21 11 24 343 114 457 123 0.5 1.1 16.3 5.4 21.8 5.9
1975 Melbourne 15 20 26 19 320 97 417 105 1.3 1.1 16.8 5.1 22.0 5.5
1976 Melbourne 15 18 14 19 225 120 345 73 0.8 1.1 12.5 6.7 19.2 4.1
1977 North Melbourne 2 16 3 11 223 81 304 84 0.2 0.7 13.9 5.1 19.0 5.3
1978 North Melbourne 2 6 2 3 74 22 96 27 0.3 0.5 12.3 3.7 16.0 4.5
1979 North Melbourne 2 18 9 14 210 84 294 66 0.5 0.8 11.7 4.7 16.3 3.7
Career 266 174 220 3940 1075 5015 1265 0.7 0.8 14.9 4.1 18.9 4.8

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