Alf Gough (footballer, born 1888)

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Alf Gough
Personal information
Full name Alphonsus Ligouri Gough[1]
Date of birth 8 March 1888
Date of death 22 April 1930(1930-04-22) (aged 42)
Original team(s) Leopold[2]
Playing career1
Years Club Games (Goals)
1908–1911, 1915 South Melbourne 63 (47)
1 Playing statistics correct to end of 1915 season.

Alf Gough (8 March 1888 – 22 April 1930)[3][4] was an Australian rules footballer who played with South Melbourne in the Victorian Football League (VFL).

Gough was a forward pocket and second rover for South Melbourne in their 1909 premiership team. He kicked South Melbourne's fourth and final goal, in the third quarter, which helped them secure a two-point win.[5] In 1910 he did not miss a single game and he appeared in the opening 16 rounds of the 1911 VFL season.[6]

He then spent some time in New South Wales, playing for Sydney club Paddington. He was the inaugural coach of the Hawthorn Football Club when they were accepted into the Victorian Football Association (VFA).[7] He returned to South Melbourne for one final season in 1915.[8]


  1. ^ "Men of the time", The Football Record (Melbourne, VIC) (1), 27 April 1912: 22 
  2. ^ Holmesby, Russell & Main, Jim (2007). The Encyclopedia Of AFL Footballers. BAS Publishing. ISBN 978-1-920910-78-5. 
  3. ^ The Age, "Death Of Former Footballer", 30 April 1930, p. 5
  4. ^ "Alf Gough – Player Bio". Australian Football. Retrieved 9 December 2014. 
  5. ^ "South Ends Nineteen Year Drought". Australian Football. 
  6. ^ AFL Tables: Alf Gough
  7. ^ Gordon, Harry. The Hard Way – Story of the Hawthorn Football Club. ISBN 0-949853-42-9. 
  8. ^ Sydney Morning Herald, "The Australian Game", 14 May 1913, p. 5