A sometimes hell-raising son of the Church of England, Alan Hugh Giles was a strapping blond centre half-back who played in two Norwood premiership teams and represented South Australia.
A champion footballer at St Peter’s College, Alan was named best junior in his first season at Norwood when, barely 18, he was a member of the famous 1946 premiership team which beat Port Adelaide. In 1947 he won selection in the South Australian team for the Hobart carnival.
He was named Norwood’s best backman in 1949 and best half-back in 1950, when he was a member of the team which defeated Glenelg in the grand final and also represented South Australia in matches against Carlton and Richmond.
Alan won Norwood’s award for best utility in 1953 but was forced to retire because of illness in the following season. One of his greatest fans was his father, Canon Harold Giles, who forgave him and his brother Doug their sins (such as loudly revving up their car outside St Matthew’s Church, Marryatville, while Harold was trying to conduct a service inside).
Alan, who established a successful accountancy firm, served on the NFC executive committee in 1973 and on the committee from 1974 until his retirement during the 1983 season, being club treasurer from 1974 to 1979. Alan also played district cricket with Kensington (where he was known to divert catching practice with the mischievous call “Look out for the roller”).
P Robins March 2013