Allen Burns

Allen Solomon Burns (31 August 1870 – 8 November 1925) was an Australian rules footballer who played for the South Melbourne Football Club in the Victorian Football League (VFL).[1]

For similarly named people, see Alan Burns (disambiguation)

Allen Burns
Personal information
Full name Allen Solomon Burns
Date of birth (1870-08-31)31 August 1870
Place of birth Steiglitz, Victoria
Date of death 8 November 1925(1925-11-08) (aged 55)
Place of death South Melbourne, Victoria
Playing career1
Years Club Games (Goals)
1897–1898; 1901–1903 South Melbourne 40 (23)
1 Playing statistics correct to the end of 1903.
Sources: AFL Tables,

Born in the small Victoria town of Steiglitz, Burns often played on the half-forward line, and was noted for kicking goals from quite acute angles.[2] He was the leading goalkicker for South Melbourne in 1894.[3]

He was the younger brother of Peter Burns a legend of the game who played with South Melbourne and Geelong. In a VFA match in 1896 where the brothers were in rival teams, Allen made a significant contribution towards South's victory over Geelong.[4]

Allen Burns died in South Melbourne at the age of 55.


  1. Holmesby, Russell; Main, Jim (2014). The Encyclopedia of AFL Footballers: every AFL/VFL player since 1897 (10th ed.). Seaford, Victoria: BAS Publishing. p. 115. ISBN 978-1-921496-32-5.
  2. "Obituary". The Record. XXX (45). Victoria. 14 November 1925. p. 5. Retrieved 14 February 2018 via National Library of Australia.
  3. "SOUTH MELBOURNE FOOTBALL CLUB". The Age (12, 505). Victoria. 28 March 1895. p. 7. Retrieved 14 February 2018 via National Library of Australia.
  4. "GEELONG V. SOUTH MELBOURNE". Geelong Advertiser (15, 355). Victoria. 25 May 1896. p. 3. Retrieved 14 February 2018 via National Library of Australia.

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