Alfred Waldron (footballer)

Alfred Edward 'Topsy' Waldron (26 February 1857 – 7 June 1929) was an Australian rules footballer who played mostly for Norwood in the South Australian Football Association (SAFA) during the 19th century. He also played two first-class cricket matches for South Australia.

Alfred 'Topsy' Waldron
Personal information
Full name Alfred Edward Waldron
Date of birth 26 February 1857
Place of birth Mornington, Victoria, Australia
Date of death 7 June 1929(1929-06-07) (aged 72)
Place of death Adelaide, South Australia[1]
Original team(s) Montague
Position(s) Utility
Playing career1
Years Club Games (Goals)
1875 Albert-park 1 (0)
1876 Carlton Imperial 5 (0)
1877–1878 Carlton 26 (0)
1879–1892 Norwood 171 (21)
Total 203 (21)
1 Playing statistics correct to the end of 1892.
Career highlights



  • 6x Norwood premiership coach (1881, 1882, 1883, 1887, 1888, 1889)



Early life

Waldron's nickname 'Topsy' was used by his brother and stayed with him throughout his football career.[2]

Albert-Park (1875)

He started his career at Albert-park, playing most of that season in the Second Twenty before being chosen for a match against Melbourne.

Carlton Imperial (1876)

In 1876 Walrdon played a season with Carlton Imperial.

Carlton (1877-1878)

When the club folded, he crossed to Carlton in the newly formed Victorian Football Association (VFA), playing in their 1877 VFA premiership side.

At the end of 1878, Waldron was convinced by a friend to go to Norwood and he joined them for their second season in the SAFA.

Norwood (1879-1892)

In 1888, Waldron captained Norwood to victory in the inaugural Championship of Australia. The club took on South Melbourne at Kensington Oval for the title and won the series 3–0. He also captained South Australia in three inter-colonial games and played in six games in all.

Waldron, who was captain of Norwood for a club record ten seasons, and played in nine of their early premiership teams, six as captain: his career total of ten premierships is a record for elite Australian rules football, equal with David "Dolly" Christy.


His two first-class cricket matches were played almost five years apart, in 1881/82 and 1887/88. Waldron failed with the bat in both but took 3 for 18 against Victoria at the Adelaide Oval in what was the only innings he bowled in. One of those wickets was Test cricketer Tup Scott.[3]


When the South Australian Football Hall of Fame was opened to inductees in 2002, Waldron was one of the first added, and the oldest.


  1. "Family Notices". The Register News-Pictorial. Adelaide: National Library of Australia. 8 June 1929. p. 8. Retrieved 19 July 2013.
  2. "Blueseum - History of the Carlton Football Club | A. E. 'Topsy' Waldron". Blueseum - History of the Carlton Football Club. Retrieved 20 June 2017.
  3. "South Australia v Victoria 1881/82". CricketArchive.
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