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Alan GILES

STATISTICS

Guernsey Number: 2, 16
Career: 1946 to 1954
NFC Games: 88
NFC Goals: 2
Debut: v West Torrens (Kensington) 4th May 1946
Finale: v Port Adelaide (Port Pirie) 29th May 1954

Premierships: 1946, 1950
NFC Life Member
South Australian Games: 2
 

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 became seriously ill in December 1950 and spent most of the next year in hospital.

His comeback in 1953 evoked memories for The News football writer Lawrie Jervis of one of the greatest single-handed defensive efforts he had seen as Alan vainly tried to stave off a rampant West Torrens at Norwood Oval in 1948. Jervis wrote: "He played an almost superhuman game at centre half-back and at the end was so exhausted from incessant marking and driving back countless assaults that he had to be assisted from the ground. 

Born on 29 August 1928, Alan was 81 when he died on 8 January 2010. He was survived by his widow Barbara and daughters Virginia, Katharine and Annabel.

P Robins May 2017


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