Alex Lang

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Alex Lang
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Personal information
Full name William Alexander Lang
Date of birth 12 March 1888
Place of birth Carlton, Victoria
Date of death 9 July 1943(1943-07-09) (aged 55)
Place of death Adelaide, South Australia
Original team(s) Parkville Presbyterians
Debut Round 1, 1906, Carlton
vs. Melbourne, at Princes Park
Height 175 cm (5 ft 9 in)
Weight 73 kg (161 lb)
Playing career1
Years Club Games (Goals)
1906–10, 1916–17 Carlton 105 (82)
1 Playing statistics correct to the end of 1917.
Career highlights
  • Carlton premiership player: 1906, 1907 & 1908
Sources: AFL Tables,

Alex Lang (12 March 1888 – 9 July 1943) was an Australian rules footballer who played with the Carlton Football Club in the Victorian Football League (VFL). Despite being a three-time premiership player, Lang will be remembered by history as the joint record holder for the longest ban received from the tribunal.

Recruited by coach Jack Worrall in 1905, Lang debuted for Carlton in the opening round of the following season. He played as a rover, winning premierships in his first three years at the club and in 1909 was voted by The Australasian newspaper as the most 'Outstanding player in the VFL'.

During the 1910 final series he became involved in a match fixing scandal after being dropped from the side for their 2nd semi final against South Melbourne. It had been alleged that he had accepted a bribe to play poorly, along with teammates Doug Gillespie and Doug Fraser. Both Carlton and the VFL launched their own investigations and Lang admitted that an offer had been made to him. He claimed however that he did not intend on accepting it. Regardless of his plea of innocence he was found guilty along with Fraser and both were banned for 99 games, a total of five years. Doug Gillespie was exonerated and played in the club's losing Grand Final.

Lang returned to the game in 1916 and brought up his 100th game for Carlton. He retired the following season after playing only three games.

The story of his fall from grace is recounted in the 2020 book On the Take by Tony Joel and Mathew Turner. Joel is a history lecturer at Deakin University.[1]


  1. ^ Roy Hay. "On The Take: The 1910 scandal that changed Australian Football Forever". The Footy Almanac. Retrieved 19 August 2020.