Paddy Noonan

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Paddy Noonan
Personal information
Date of birth 4 September 1875
Place of birth Hotham, Victoria
Date of death 27 January 1935(1935-01-27) (aged 59)
Playing career1
Years Club Games (Goals)
1897–1899 Fitzroy 36 0(7)
1901–1902 Carlton 19 0(5)
Total 55 (12)
Coaching career
Years Club Games (W–L–D)
1929 North Melbourne 13 (1–12–0)
1 Playing statistics correct to the end of 1929.
Career highlights
Sources: AFL Tables,

Paddy Noonan (4 September 1875 – 27 January 1935)[1] was an Australian rules footballer who played for the Fitzroy Football Club and Carlton Football Club in the Victorian Football League.

A small rover, Noonan played in Fitzroy's inaugural VFL season in 1897 and then their inaugural premiership side the following year. In 1901 he crossed to Carlton and spent two seasons with the Blues.

Noonan spent the rest of his career in the Victorian Football Association (VFA) where he captained North Melbourne to premierships in 1903 and 1904. Noonan also spent some time playing at fellow VFA side Williamstown Football Club.

Following North Melbourne's entry to the VFL, Noonan was appointed coach in 1929, where North Melbourne finished last, with their only win coming against Footscray. Noonan remains the oldest first-time coach in VFL/AFL history.[2]


  1. ^ "Paddy Noonan". Blueseum - Online Carlton Football Club Museum. Retrieved 7 September 2014. 
  2. ^ Browne, Ashley. "After the Siren: The silly season has just got sillier". Australian Football League. Australian Football League. Retrieved 13 October 2014. 

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