Stan Alves

Neil Stanley "Stan" Alves, OAM (born 22 May 1946) is a former Australian rules football player and coach.

Stan Alves
Personal information
Full name Neil Stanley Alves
Date of birth (1946-05-22) 22 May 1946
Original team(s) Edithvale-Aspendale
Height 178 cm (5 ft 10 in)
Weight 78 kg (172 lb)
Position(s) Wing
Playing career1
Years Club Games (Goals)
1965–1976 Melbourne 226 (160)
1977–1979 North Melbourne 040 0(14)
Total 266 (174)
Representative team honours
Years Team Games (Goals)
1968–1975 Victoria 4 (?)
Coaching career3
Years Club Games (W–L–D)
1994–1998 St Kilda 110 (53–56–1)
1 Playing statistics correct to the end of 1979.
2 State and international statistics correct as of 1975.
3 Coaching statistics correct as of 1998.
Career highlights
Sources: AFL Tables,

Playing career

Alves played 226 games for the Melbourne Football Club in the 1960s and 1970s, captaining them from 1973–1976 and finishing runner-up for the Brownlow Medal in 1975, before joining North Melbourne in 1977. Legend has it that he chose to play for North Melbourne rather than Collingwood based on a coin toss.[1] It proved to be a wise decision as North Melbourne met Collingwood in the 1977 Grand Final and, after initially playing a 76-all draw, won the replay 151–124.

Alves played 40 games for North Melbourne before retiring.

Post-playing career

Alves became coach of St Kilda in 1994. St Kilda won the 1996 pre-season competition.[2]

Alves went on to coach St Kilda to its second minor premiership and first grand final in 26 years in 1997, earning the AFL Coach of the Year award. His coaching career at St Kilda concluded at the end of the 1998 season.

On 24 October 2000, Alves was awarded the Australian Sports Medal for his contribution to Australian football.[3] On 26 January 2008, Alves was awarded the Order of Australia Medal for "service to Australian Rules football as a player, coach and commentator, and to the community as a supporter of charitable organisations".[4]


Playing statistics

 G  Goals  B  Behinds  K  Kicks  H  Handballs  D  Disposals  M  Marks  T  Tackles
Season Team No. Games G B K H D M T G B K H D M T
Totals Averages (per game)
1965 Melbourne 1512121151312832N/A0.
1966 Melbourne 15182122544429863N/A0.10.714.12.416.63.5N/A
1967 Melbourne 1518752964834483N/A0.40.316.42.719.14.6N/A
1968 Melbourne 151820172787034874N/A1.10.915.43.919.34.1N/A
1969 Melbourne 152016203177238989N/A0.
1970 Melbourne 15203163188440298N/A0.20.815.
1971 Melbourne 15189172768135792N/A0.50.915.34.519.85.1N/A
1972 Melbourne 1521221437362435136N/A1.00.717.
1973 Melbourne 1522292731883401120N/A1.
1974 Melbourne 15211124343114457123N/A0.
1975 Melbourne 1520261932097417105N/A1.
1976 Melbourne 1518141922512034573N/A0.
1977 North Melbourne 2163112238130484N/A0.20.713.
1978 North Melbourne 262374229627N/A0.30.512.33.716.04.5N/A
1979 North Melbourne 2189142108429466N/A0.50.811.74.716.33.7N/A
Career 266 174 220 3940 1075 5015 1265 N/A 0.7 0.8 14.9 4.1 18.9 4.8 N/A

Coaching statistics

 W  Wins  L  Losses  D  Draws  W%  Winning percentage  LP  Ladder position  LT  League teams
Season Team Games W L D W % LP LT
1994 St Kilda 22714134.1%1315
1995 St Kilda 22814036.4%1416
1996 St Kilda 221012045.5%1016
1997 St Kilda 25178068.0%116
1998 St Kilda 241311054.2%616
Career totals 115 55 59 1 48.3%


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