|Full name||Allen Jakovich|
|Date of birth||21 March 1968|
|Place of birth||Western Australia|
|Original team||Woodville (SANFL)|
|Draft||#6, 1990 National Draft, Melbourne
#9, 1995 National Draft, Footscray
|Height/Weight||187cm / 98kg|
1 Playing statistics correct to end of 1996 season.
Allen Jakovich (born 21 March 1968) is a retired Australian rules football player. Jakovich was a prolific full forward and is notable for kicking 208 goals in his 54 Australian Football League matches, an average of 3.85 per game, for Melbourne and Footscray. He and his younger brother, Glen Jakovich, both began their AFL careers in the 1990 AFL Draft.
Jakovich grew up in Western Australia and has also played football with clubs in the Northern Territory, South Australia and Victoria. He is of Croatian descent.
Allen Jakovich was the second of three sons for Darko and Mary Jakovich. Allen followed his older brother Gary and began his senior career with South Fremantle in the West Australian Football League. After the 1987 season Jakovich left the club.
He then played in towns in outback Western Australia such as Port Headland and Kalgoorlie. It was while playing at Port Hedland that Allen Jakovich met Brian Hood who was the Coach of the NTFL team Southern Districts. Brian convinced Allen to join Southern Districts for the 1988/1989 season.
Jakovich later moved to South Australia and played in the South Australian National Football League (SANFL). In the 1990 season, he kicked 101 goals for Woodville. It was this performance that drew the attention of Melbourne Football Club talent scouts.
He debuted in the seniors in round 1 against the West Coast Eagles at Subiaco but was quickly dropped for the following week. Jakovich played in the Melbourne reserves and dominated the reserves competition in the first half of the 1991 season.
In the second half, though, he burst out convincingly and big hauls came on an almost weekly basis for the rest of the season making a big impression in the league with his confident playing style. A high point was a near single handed defeat of North Melbourne where he kicked 11 goals (including a miraculous scissor kick out of mid-air from twenty metres out, a certain goal of the year candidate), 8 behinds and one out on the full. This effort also earned Jakovich the distinction of being the fastest player to score his first fifty goals, taking only nine games to do so. He finished with 71 goals for his debut season; becoming one of a handful of players in VFL/AFL history to kick 50 goals in both the senior competition and now defunct 'reserves' league within the same season.
Over the past three years at Melbourne he balanced some mercurial performances with fitness problems and indifferent form. He was let go at the end of the 1994 season, due to persistent hamstring injuries.
He spent the year out of the game before being drafted by the Footscray Football Club
An ill-fated comeback that lasted barely half a season.
In his AFL career, he kicked 208 goals and 173 behinds.
- Statistics are correct as of Round 22, 1996 (31 August 1996)
Post football career
- Holmesby, Russell; Main, Jim (2002). The Encyclopedia of AFL Footballers: every AFL/VFL player since 1897 (4th ed.). Melbourne, Victoria: Crown Content. p. 317. ISBN 1-74095-001-1.
- Goalkicking Milestones
- Notorious Capper on Mainy tribute guest list
- AFL Tables, AFL (31 August 2009). "Player Stats – Allen Jakovich".
- Footy Show kicks 250
|Awards and achievements|
|Melbourne Football Club Leading Goalkicker