Alan Thorpe (footballer)

Alan Thorpe (born 18 October 1968) is an Australian rules footballer and a media commentator. He played for Sydney Swans and Footscray in the Australian Football League (AFL) and is a panel member on The Marngrook Footy Show.

Alan Thorpe
Personal information
Full name Alan Thorpe
Date of birth (1968-10-18) 18 October 1968
Original team(s) Tatura
Draft No. 28, 1991 Mid-Season Draft, Fitzroy
Height 185 cm (6 ft 1 in)
Weight 83 kg (183 lb)
Position(s) Forward
Playing career1
Years Club Games (Goals)
1992 Sydney 3 (5)
1993–94 Footscray 12 (23)
1 Playing statistics correct to the end of 1994.
Sources: AFL Tables,


A former under 19s player for Fitzroy, Thorpe was first on the main Fitzroy player list after being picked in the 1991 Mid-Season Draft. While with Fitzroy he played 32 under 19s and 11 reserves games,[1] but did not make the senior team. He was delisted and went to Tatura in the Goulburn Valley Football League.[2] Thorpe was then selected by Sydney Swans in the 1992 Pre-season Draft and made his senior debut in round 7 against Melbourne.[3] Thorpe played a total of three games in 1992 before returning to Tatura.[2] At the end of that season he went to Oakleigh in the Victorian Football Association (VFA).[4] After he playing two games with the Footscray reserves team in 1993,[1] they selected him in the 1993 Mid-Season Draft and he played four games for them late in that season. He played eight more games with them in 1994, playing his final game in round 10, and was delisted at the end of the season.[5] In the 1995 Pre-Season Draft he was picked by Carlton. He played in the pre-season cup,[6] but never played a senior game with them and was delisted at the end of the season.[7]


Thorpe is a founding member of The Marngrook Footy Show, which started in the 1990s as a radio show on 3KND and the National Indigenous Radio Service network. In 2007 it moved to a TV show on National Indigenous Television (NITV) and Melbourne's Channel 31,[8] and moved to ABC2 in 2011.[9]


  1. "Your Club's Mid-season Selections", The Age, 17 June 1993
  2. Hinds, Richard (27 February 1994), "The Boom Recruit And Reject Swap Roles", Sunday Age
  3. Linnell, Garry (3 May 1992), "Sydney, Demons in draw", Sun Herald
  4. Kogoy, Peter (15 August 1993), "Bombers on target", Sun Herald
  5. "Trading places – who goes where", The Age, 22 October 1994
  6. Hinds, Richard (26 February 1995), "Draft Reject Fires Up The Blues", Sunday Age
  7. Connolly, Rohan (3 December 1995), "For Barter Or For Worse", Sunday Age
  8. Winkler, Michael (30 August 2007), "New AFL show has fresh perspective", The Age
  9. Brady, Nicole (17 March 2011), "The goal posts widen", The Age
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