Alan Martello

Date of Birth: 14/09/1952
Height: 193 cm ( 6-4 )
Weight: 100 kg ( 15-10 )
Guernsey: 15
Debut: 27/06/1981, Round 14, North Melbourne
Last Game: 06/08/1983, Round 19, Collingwood

Seasons: 1981-83
Total Games: 32
Total Goals: 3


Seasons: 1982-83
Total Games: 7
Total Goals: 4


Alan was a solidly built centre-half-forward and occasional ruckman. He played consistent football over 11 seasons at Hawthorn prior to joining Richmond. Alan made the Hawthorn senior team as a 17-year-old in 1970 and went on to win their Best First Year Player award. He was a long torpedo punt kick and used his body well in packs. He also represented Victoria twice and is a Life Member of the Hawthorn Football Club. He played in 15 finals and was voted Hawthorn’s second best player in the 1978 semi-final win against North Melbourne. He was a member of their 1971, 1976 and 1978 Premiership sides. He became the youngest player to play 200 league games when he achieved this milestone at the age of 25 years and 8 months in 1979. He also received an unusual one match suspension for refusing to play in a post season State-of-Origin game against Western Australia in October, 1978.
He crossed to Richmond in 1981 and played in defence, usually at full-back. He was a member of Richmond’s 1982 Grand Final side and retired as a player at the end of the 1983 season due to a knee injury. He has worked as an around-the-grounds man covering football on Radio 3AW for several years. Alan now lives in the south eastern suburbs of Melbourne and works as a production manager.

St Mary's Church of England 1962-69 ( Honours - Best & Fairest U/17 Twice ; Club Seniors Best & Fairest 1969, Competition " A Grade " Best & Fairest 1969 ) ; Hawthorn 1970-80, Games 224, Goals 162 ( Honours - Premiership 1971, 1976, 1978, Victorian Representative Team Games 2 Goals 2 ) ; Hawthorn Reserves 1980, Games 6, Goals 7.


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