|Full name||Neil Stanley Alves|
|Date of birth||22 May 1946|
|Height||178 cm (5 ft 10 in)|
|Weight||78 kg (172 lb)|
|1977–1979||North Melbourne||40 (14)|
|Representative team honours|
|1994–1998||St Kilda||110 (53–56–1)|
1 Playing statistics correct to the end of 1979.
2 State and international statistics correct as of 1975.
3 Coaching statistics correct as of 1998.
|Sources: AFL Tables, AustralianFootball.com|
Alves played 226 games for the Melbourne Football Club in the 1960s and 1970s, captaining them from 1973–1976 and finishing runner-up for the Brownlow Medal in 1975, before joining North Melbourne in 1977. Legend has it that he chose to play for North Melbourne rather than Collingwood based on a coin toss. It proved to be a wise decision as North Melbourne met Collingwood in the 1977 Grand Final and, after initially playing a 76-all draw, won the replay 151–124.
Alves played 40 games for North Melbourne before retiring.
Alves went on to coach St Kilda to its second minor premiership and first grand final in 26 years in 1997, earning the AFL Coach of the Year award. His coaching career at St Kilda concluded at the end of the 1998 season.
On 24 October 2000, Alves was awarded the Australian Sports Medal for his contribution to Australian football. On 26 January 2008, Alves was awarded the Order of Australia Medal for "service to Australian Rules football as a player, coach and commentator, and to the community as a supporter of charitable organisations".
|Totals||Averages (per game)|
- "Sporting Life". The Age. 26 July 2002.
- "AFL 1996 Ansett Cup Grand Final – St Kilda v Carlton – St Kilda holds up the trophy after winning the 1996 Ansett Cup". Slattery Media Group. 23 March 1996. Archived from the original on 16 July 2011. Retrieved 7 November 2009.
- "Stan Alves". Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet. Retrieved 31 December 2012.
- "Neil Stanley Alves OAM". Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet. Retrieved 31 December 2012.
- Stan Alves' Player Profile at AFL Tables