Career: 1931 - 1933
Debut: Round 3, 1931 v Essendon, aged 21 years, 43 days
478th Carlton Player
Guernsey No. 27
Last game: Semi Final, 1933 v Geelong, aged 23 years, 159 days
DOB: 3 April, 1910
Remembered for his whole-hearted effort in the Blues’ 1932 Grand Final loss to Richmond, Alf Egan was a handy ruckman/forward in his three seasons at Princes Park. Egan is credited as being the first indigenous player to play for Carlton, and later North Melbourne.
A country boy from the tiny Western District town of Myamyn, Alf began his VFL career in 1931, joining an emerging Carlton team that somehow lost that year’s Preliminary Final to Geelong by six points. It was a game Carlton should have won, and a loss that spurred the team to go one step further the following year.
This they did, marching into the 1932 Grand Final with a record-breaking 75 point demolition of Collingwood in the Preliminary Final. Champion full-forward ‘Soapy’ Vallence kicked 11 goals on that magic day, and centre-half forward Jack Green booted four. Afterward, the Blues looked forward with confidence to another clash with their arch-rivals Richmond in the Grand Final. However only days before the decider, Green was ruled out by an injury suffered against Collingwood, and Alf Egan was named as his replacement in the key forward post.
The game itself turned out another thriller. In a tough and skilful contest all match, the lead see-sawed in the second half and with five minutes left, Carlton led by four points. But two quick goals to Richmond right on the bell got them home. Although he must have been gutted by the outcome, Egan was one of the many on both sides who stood up when it counted that day, and he was widely appreciated for his grit on the biggest of all stages for a VFL footballer.
Somewhat surprisingly, Alf spent just one more season at Carlton. After the Blues lost the 1933 First Semi to Geelong, he crossed to North Melbourne, where he played another 15 games in 1934 and ’35.
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