Lance Mann

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Lance Mann
Personal information
Date of birth 12 July 1930
Place of birth Walwa, Victoria
Date of death 13 March 2015(2015-03-13) (aged 84)
Place of death Albury, New South Wales
Original team(s) Albury
Debut 2 June 1951, Essendon
vs. Fitzroy, at Brunswick Street Oval
Height / weight 175 cm, 73 kg
Playing career1
Years Club Games (Goals)
1951–1954 Essendon 55 (21)
1955–1957 Albury
1958–1959 Essendon 25 0(1)
1 Playing statistics correct to the end of 1959.
Sources: AFL Tables,

Lance Mann (12 July 1930 - 13 March 2015[1]) was a professional footrunner and a former Australian rules footballer in the Victorian Football League (VFL).


A talented wingman, Mann was recruited from the Albury Football Club.

He played his first senior match for the Essendon Football Club against Fitzroy at the Brunswick Street Oval on 2 June 1951 (round 6). He played in every match for the rest of the season. He played in Essendon's Grand Final 10.10 (70) loss to Geelong 11.15 (81), and was one of Essendon's best players.[2]


               The Stawell Stalwarts, (1952).

His trainer was Pat Kennedy.[3]

On Monday 28 January 1952, aged 21, he won the Wangaratta Gift, running off 8½ yards in 12.1 seconds. He started the final as 5-to-4-on favourite, having been a 20/1 outsider before the first heat.[4]

On Monday, 15 April 1952, he won the 1952, 130-yard (120 m) Stawell Gift in eleven and fourteen-sixteenths seconds, off a handicap of 7 14 yards (6.6 m).[5]

On Wednesday, 16 April 1952, he also won the Bendigo Gift, running off a handicap of 1 yard in 11.8 seconds.

Mann was the first athlete to win the Wangaratta Gift, the Stawell Gift, and the Bendigo Gift treble in the same year.[6]

On Monday, 10 March 1958, and running off 4½ yards, he ran second in the Bendigo Thousand (130 yds);[7] the feat was all the more remarkable as Mann had broken down during his heat the year before (1957) with a thigh injury so severe that he had to be stretchered from the ground.[8]



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