Kevin Coghlan (footballer)
|Full name||Kevin Coghlan|
|Date of birth||14 October 1929|
|Date of death||22 August 2002 72)(aged|
|Original team(s)||CBC Parade / Clifton Hill CYMS|
|Height||163 cm (5 ft 4 in)|
|Weight||56 kg (123 lb)|
1 Playing statistics correct to the end of 1956.
|Sources: AFL Tables, AustralianFootball.com|
Coghlan, said to have been the smallest player of his era, earned his nickname of "Skeeter" when during a junior high jump competition he successfully made it over a target which was three inches above his height. Not surprisingly, Coghlan played his football as a rover. He won a Gardiner Medal in 1949 for his efforts in the league seconds.
He took a while he establish himself in the Collingwood senior side, with just four appearances from his first two seasons. Over the next two years however he played 27 games. Collingwood went on to win the premiership in 1953, but Coghlan was at Hawthorn, having applied for and been granted a clearance to the Hawks.
After retiring, Coghlan worked as a football journalist. He was a teacher of senior school maths and physics at Melbourne Girls Grammar school and taught at Melbourne High School and at Northcote High School. He was also a television and radio football commentator.
- "Kevin Coghlan". Collingwood Forever. Retrieved 27 August 2014.
- Holmesby, Russell; Main, Jim (2007). The Encyclopedia Of AFL Footballers. BAS Publishing. ISBN 978-1-920910-78-5.
- "AFL Tables: Kevin Coghlan". afltables.com.
- "Kevin Coghlan - Player Bio". Australian Football. Retrieved 14 August 2015.
- The Age,"Better go for the lowly", 20 March 1980, p. 23