Paddy Scanlan

Patrick James Scanlan (6 September 1896 – 1 January 1977) was an Australian rules footballer who played with and coached South Melbourne and Footscray in the Victorian Football League (VFL).

Paddy Scanlan
Personal information
Full name Patrick James Scanlan
Date of birth 6 September 1896
Place of birth Albert Park, Victoria
Date of death 1 January 1977(1977-01-01) (aged 80)
Place of death Middle Park, Victoria
Original team(s) Leopold (MAFA)
Height 173 cm (5 ft 8 in)
Weight 69 kg (152 lb)
Playing career1
Years Club Games (Goals)
1920–1926 South Melbourne 100 (49)
1927–1928 Footscray 033 (15)
Total 133 (64)
Coaching career
Years Club Games (W–L–D)
1927–1928 Footscray 036 (15–21–0)
1930–1931 South Melbourne 036 (18–18–0)
1935–1937 North Melbourne 054 0(8–46–0)
Total 126 (41–85–0)
1 Playing statistics correct to the end of 1937.
Sources: AFL Tables,

Scanlan made his league debut in 1920 for South Melbourne and went on to play exactly 100 games for the club, captaining them from 1923 to 1926. In 1927 he moved to Footscray and was appointed captain-coach. He retired as a player after the 1928 season and went to Richmond to coach the seconds; the team won the premiership and he then returned South Melbourne as coach of the seniors for two seasons. Later on in the decade he would also coach North Melbourne but couldn't prevent them from finishing with two wooden spoons.

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