Full Name: ALLAN GEDDES
Date of Birth: 04/11/1904
Height: 173 cm ( 5-8 )
Weight: 74 kg ( 11-8 )
Debut: 02/05/1925, Round 1, Hawthorn
Last Game: 28/09/1935, Round PF, Collingwood
Total Games: 182
Total Goals: 14
Premiership 1932, 1934,
Captain 1927-28, 1930,
Best & Fairest 1926,
Victorian Representative Team 1925-28 (9 games, 1 goal)
Seasons: 1936-38, 1943
Total Games: 45
Total Goals: 36
Allan was one of Richmond’s greatest ever wingmen. Recruited from Williamstown via North Melbourne’s junior sides he was a hard competitor and a very accurate stab-pass.
He was a well-balanced player who was very adept at using two-way turns to avoid his opponents. Described by legendary club figure Jack DYER as “ruthless and humourless”. On the field Alan was a fine leader for those reasons.
He also told a young Jack DYER that if he had a go and didn’t get a kick the team would be with him, but if he didn’t have a go he was on his own.
Allan asked no quarter and gave opponents nothing but trouble trying to combat his fine all-round skills. He captained the club in 1927, 1928 and 1930 and was vice captain in 1934 and 1935.
He was part of a great centerline with Stan JUDKINS and Eric ZSCHECH. Together this trio played in four consecutive Grand Finals. He was a member of the 1932 and 1934 Premiership sides and the 1927, 1929, 1931 and 1933 Grand Final sides.
He was voted Richmond’s best player in the 1931 Grand Final loss picking up 21 kicks and four hand passes.
He played in 18 Finals games and is currently in seventh position for the most Finals games by Richmond players.
He won the club Best and Fairest aware in 1926 and ran equal second in the “Brownlow Medal” count the same year.
He served on the Committee in 1936, 1937 and 1940 and he was awarded Life Membership in 1934.
After finishing as a senior player he served as playing-coach of the Reserves for three seasons before coaching the Carlton Reserves in 1939. Away from football he worked for the S.E.C.
North Melbourne State School Juniors : Melrose Juniors 1919-20 ( Honours - Premiership One ) ; North Melbourne Juniors 1921 ; Williamstown 1922-24, Games 51, Goals 4.
Carlton Reserves Coach 1939.