Awarded for contribution to Southport Australian Football Club and AFL generally.

A born and bred Queenslander, Alan grew up with Aussie Rules and was a foundation player with the Sherwood Club in Brisbane. He played 110 senior games as a Rover with Western Districts but in 1970 suffered a knee injury that forced his retirement. Knee reconstructions weren’t available “Doc” graduated in medicine in 1969 and moved to the Gold Coast to enter general practice in Surfers Paradise.

He was elected President of Southport Sharks Australian Football Club in 1973 at age 27 and has been President of that proud AFL bastion and the associated Licensed Club ever since, some 40 “Doc’s” involvement in the wider AFL scene is unparalleled and too lengthy to completely record but highlights include:

  • 1983-2004 Doctor, Team Manager, Selector, Chairman of Selectors, Queensland representative teams
  • 1992-1998 Doctor, Selector, Chairman of Match Committee, Brisbane Bears/Lions

  • 2008 GC17 Bid Team Member and subsequent Gold Coast Football Club (The Suns) Board Member

  • QAFL Life Member, Australian Sports Medal recipient in 2000 and AFL Merit Award Recipient in 2003

  • QAFL Hall of Famer in 2008 and Legend in 2011

  • Awarded the highly prestigious Jack Titus Service Award by the AFL in 2012

Southport Sharks and the wider AFL community in both Queensland and on the national scene have benefitted enormously from Doc’s involvement, and his service continues.

Southport Sharks Licensed Club is today one of the largest and most successful Licensed Clubs in Queensland.