Allan Jeans

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Allan Jeans
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Personal information
Full name Allan Jeans
Date of birth 21 September 1933
Place of birth Finley, New South Wales
Date of death 13 July 2011(2011-07-13) (aged 77)
Place of death Lynbrook, Victoria
Original team(s) Tocumwal / Finley
Height / weight 180 cm / 83 kg
Playing career1
Years Club Games (Goals)
1955–1959 St Kilda 77 (26)
Coaching career3
Years Club Games (W–L–D)
1981–1987; 1989–1990
St Kilda

332 (193–138–1)

221 (159–61–1)

22 (5–17–0)

575 (357–216–2)
1 Playing statistics correct to the end of 1959.
3 Coaching statistics correct as of 1992.
Career highlights


Allan Jeans (21 September 1933 – 13 July 2011) was an Australian rules footballer and coach. He was inducted into the Australian Football Hall of Fame at its inception in 1996.[1] Jeans was known for his oral motivation skills as a coach and led St Kilda and Hawthorn to a total of four premierships.


After a modest 77-game playing career with the St Kilda Football Club (1955–1959), Jeans, known as "Yabby", took the reins of the Saints in 1961 for a remarkable 16-year career as senior coach. He coached St Kilda to successive grand finals, in 1965 and 1966, including the Saints' first (and only) VFL premiership in 1966. He took the Saints to another grand final appearance in 1971. Claiming "burn-out" he retired from coaching the team at the end of 1976.[2]

In 1981 Jeans revived his coaching career when he was appointed coach for the Hawthorn Football Club. He coached them until 1990 (excepting a year off in 1988 due to brain injury) establishing them as the dominant VFL team of the 1980s with premierships in 1983, 1986, 1988 and 1989 from seven consecutive grand finals.

Finally, he had a short-lived one-year stint at Richmond in 1992, winning only five out of 22 games.

Later life[edit]

Jeans, following his retirement from his job as a Senior Sergeant with Victoria Police, became an avid social lawn bowls player at Cheltenham Lawn Bowls Club. His most recent public appearance was during the post-match presentations at the 2006 AFL Grand Final. He died following years of ill-health on 12 July 2011.[3][4]


  1. ^ Australian Football Hall of Fame – coaches
  2. ^ St Kilda (2)
  3. ^ Anderson, Jo; Clark, Jay. "Tributes pour in after AFL legend Allan Jeans dies at age 77". Herald Sun. Retrieved 12 July 2011. 
  4. ^ DiSisto, Peter (13 July 2011). "Jeans and the Hawks". AFL. Retrieved 13 July 2011. 

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