Alan Ryan (footballer)
|Full name||Alan J. Ryan|
|Date of birth||26 September 1909|
|Original team(s)||Preston (VFA)|
|Height||178 cm (5 ft 10 in)|
|Weight||79 kg (174 lb)|
1 Playing statistics correct to the end of 1938.
|Sources: AFL Tables, AustralianFootball.com|
Alan J. Ryan, also known as Ginger Ryan (born 26 September 1909, died at an unknown date), was an Australian rules footballer who played with Melbourne and Collingwood in the Victorian Football League (VFL). Ryan wore the number 23 for Collingwood.
In a match for Collingwood against Fitzroy Football Club in 1935, Ryan had to kick for goal from 35 metres out after the final siren with Collingwood trailing by six points (a goal would draw the match). Hundreds of spectators ran onto the ground while Ryan was lining up for goal and just as he was about to kick, a police trooper on horseback rode in front of Ryan, startling him. The horse reared but Ryan was still able to clear the trooper to kick the goal.
- Atkinson, G. (1982). Everything you ever wanted to know about Australian rules football but couldn't be bothered asking. The Five Mile Press: Melbourne. ISBN 0 86788 009 0.
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