Allan Jeans

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Allan Jeans
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Personal information
Full name Allan Lindsay Jeans
Date of birth(1933-09-21)21 September 1933
Place of birth Finley, New South Wales
Date of death 12 July 2011(2011-07-12) (aged 77)
Place of death Lynbrook, Victoria
Original team(s) Tocumwal / Finley
Height 180 cm (5 ft 11 in)
Weight 83 kg (183 lb)
Playing career1
YearsClubGames (Goals)
1955–1959 St Kilda 77 (26)
Coaching career3
YearsClubGames (W–L–D)
1961–1976 St Kilda
332 (193–138–1)
1981–1987
1989–1990
Hawthorn
221 (159–61–1)
1992 Richmond
22 (5–17–0)
Total
575 (357–216–2)
1 Playing statistics correct to the end of 1959.
3 Coaching statistics correct as of 1992.
Career highlights
Sources: AFL Tables, AustralianFootball.com

Allan Lindsay Jeans (21 September 1933 – 13 July 2011) was an Australian rules footballer and coach. He was inducted into the Australian Football Hall of Fame at its inception in 1996. [1] Jeans was known for his oratory and motivation skills as a coach and led St Kilda and Hawthorn to a total of four premierships.

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VFL career

Allan Jeans was recruited to St Kilda after playing in Finley Football Club's 1954 Murray Football League (MFL) senior premiership, [2] and he was also runner up in the 1954 MFL O’Dwyer Medal. [3]

After a modest 77-game playing career with the St Kilda Football Club (1955–1959), Jeans, known as "Yabby", took the reins of the Saints in 1961 for a remarkable 16-year career as senior coach. He coached St Kilda to successive grand finals, in 1965 and 1966, including the Saints' first (and only) VFL premiership in 1966. He took the Saints to another grand final appearance in 1971. Claiming "burn-out", he retired from coaching the team at the end of 1976. [4]

In 1981, Jeans revived his coaching career when he was appointed coach for the Hawthorn Football Club. He coached them until 1990 (excluding a year off in 1988 due to brain injury) establishing them as the dominant VFL team of the 1980s, with premierships in 1983, 1986 and 1989 from seven consecutive grand finals.

Finally, he had a short-lived one-year stint at Richmond in 1992, winning only five out of 22 games.

Later life

Jeans, following his retirement from his job as a Senior Sergeant with Victoria Police, became an avid social lawn bowls player at Cheltenham Lawn Bowls Club. One of his last public appearances was at the post-match presentations of the 2006 AFL Grand Final. He died following years of ill health on 12 July 2011. [5] [6]

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References

  1. "Australian Football Hall of Fame – coaches". Australian Football League. 6 August 2011. Archived from the original on 6 August 2011.
  2. "1954 - Murray FL - Grand Final match review". Cobram Courier. 23 September 1954. p. 4. Retrieved 5 May 2020 via Trove Newspapers.
  3. "1954 - Murray FL - O'Dwyer Medal". Cobram Courier. 26 August 1954. p. 4 via Trove Newspapers.
  4. "St Kilda: Part 2". Full Points Footy. Archived from the original on 30 September 2007. Retrieved 25 May 2007.
  5. Anderson, Jo; Clark, Jay (13 July 2011). "Tributes pour in after AFL legend Allan Jeans dies at age 77". Herald Sun. Retrieved 13 July 2011.
  6. DiSisto, Peter (12 July 2011). "Jeans and the Hawks". AFL. Archived from the original on 14 July 2011.