Belcher in 1910
|Full name||Allan Mitchell Parker Belcher|
|Date of birth||2 December 1884|
|Place of birth||New Norfolk, Tasmania|
|Date of death||2 July 1921(aged 36)|
|Place of death||Kew, Victoria|
|Original team(s)||Brunswick (VFA)|
|Height||179 cm (5 ft 10 in)|
|Weight||86 kg (190 lb)|
|Representative team honours|
|1906, 1907, 1911||Victoria|
1 Playing statistics correct to the end of 1919.
2 State and international statistics correct as of 1911.
3 Coaching statistics correct as of 1910.
|Sources: AFL Tables, AustralianFootball.com|
Allan Belcher (2 December 1884 – 2 July 1921) was an Australian rules footballer who played with and coached Essendon in the Victorian Football League (VFL). He was the brother of South Melbourne player Vic Belcher.
Belcher started his career with Collingwood but it was with Essendon that he established himself as one of the premier ruckmen in the league. Known as "King Belcher" formed a combination in the ruck with Fred Baring and Ernie Cameron, culminating in premiership success in 1912.
He was captain-coach of Essendon in 1910 and represented Victoria at interstate football in patches during his career. From 1912 to 1915 he captained the club and again in 1919 but it would be his final season, a broken toe forcing him to retire.
On 2 July 1921 – just two years after his last VFL game – Belcher succumbed to general paralysis in the Kew Hospital for the Insane. His once-robust frame had wasted away to just 57 kg by the time of his passing.
- "Family Notices". The Argus. Melbourne. 4 July 1921. p. 1. Retrieved 29 March 2013 – via National Library of Australia.
- "Tradition Barred at the Turnstiles". Frankston Standard. Frankston, Vic. 3 November 1949. p. 16. Retrieved 29 March 2013 – via National Library of Australia.
- Ross, John (1996). 100 Years of Australian Football. Ringwood, Australia: Viking Books. p. 382. ISBN 9781854714343.
- "The Belcher brothers: a grand tragic tale". AFL. 25 September 2013.
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