Allen Aylett, Former Melbourne Football Club President, dies at 88

Allen Aylett was an Australian rules football player and administrator. He was the chairman/president of the North Melbourne Football Club from 1971 to 1976, and then again from 2001 to 2005.

In between, he had been the chairman of the then Victorian Football League (VFL) from 1977 to 1984.

Australian rules football player passed away at 88

Dr. Allen Aylett, a North Melbourne legend and longtime football official, died on Friday morning at the age of 88. His passing has shocked the AFL community. Aylett played 220 games for the Kangaroos between 1952 and 1964, winning three consecutive Best and Fairest awards between 1958 and 1960, two All-Australian awards, and serving as the team’s captain for four seasons.

Aylett is a “keystone of the national competition we have today,” according to AFL commission chairman Richard Goyder. According to him, “His desire and ambition for the game to be the best it could be opened new horizons for our sport and started the challenging but essential steps to establish the national competition we see today.

” Allen led North Melbourne to its first VFL premiership in 1975 after transforming the team by bringing in Ron Barassi as a coach. He was also a player of the greatest caliber, competing twice for Victoria in a national carnival and winning a Tassie Medal. He played a significant role in the development of the national championship and was a pioneer who saw the game becoming popular throughout all Australia.

“On behalf of both the AFL Commission and the greater game of football, we express our profound condolences to Marj and the Aylett family at this very sad time,” said the AFL Commission. “Allen, Marj, and the Aylett family owe a great and enduring debt for the decades of service he gave the game.

Allen Aylett Age, Family, Early Life

Aylett was born on 24 April 1934 (88 years old). He holds an Australian nationality and he belongs to white ethnicity. His Zodiac sign is Taurus.

allen aylett family

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Allen Aylett Wife, What about his Children?

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Allen Aylett Career, What was his profession?

Aylett first gained notoriety as an Australian rules football rover. He participated in 220 games and scored 311 goals from 1952 to 1964. He received the Best and Fairest Award for North Melbourne from 1958 to 1960, was named All-Australian in 1958 and 1961, won the Tassie Medal in 1958, the Simpson Medal in 1960, and led his team from 1961 to 1964 as captain.

He was chosen for the Team of the Century of the North Melbourne Football Club. Due to his passion for Australian rules football, Aylett also had a brief cricketing career that he never fully pursued. He participated in 11 first-class games for domestic cricket team Victoria in the 1950s as a batter, but he was unsuccessful, finishing with a batting average of just 16. He averaged 27.4 while playing district cricket for Carlton (two seasons) and University (six seasons).

Aylett’s time as an administrator in the 1970s and 1980s is what made him most famous. His innovative off-field leadership in securing sponsorship and managing corporate entertainment, including the rise of the North Melbourne Grand Final Breakfast as one of the Grand Final’s most prominent events, followed by his aggressive recruitment of star players, especially through the use of the short-lived “ten-year rule” in 1973, turned North Melbourne from a perennial also-ran to a powerhouse. He was elected to the position of North Melbourne Football Club president in 1971.

VFL’s president

Aylett was chosen as the VFL’s president in 1977. He persisted in making strong efforts to steer the game’s administration in the direction of competence and commercial success. By creating the VFL Night Series in 1977 as a direct competitor to the NFL Night Series, he created sponsorship opportunities and built the groundwork for the VFL to supplant the NFL as the dominant football organization in Australia. Under his direction, the league entered the Sydney market and made plans for an expansion franchise before South Melbourne decided to move there; Aylett later served on the board of directors of the Sydney Swans.

He also fought the Melbourne Cricket Club and the Victorian Government to move the Grand Final to VFL Park, ultimately failing to do so but securing a better financial deal for the VFL and better ticket access for VFL members. During his tenure, the VFL also started to establish regular Sunday matches in Victoria. Aylett resigned in December 1984 after the VFL Commission was established. From 1978 until 1985, Aylett also presided over the National Football League.

How much is Allen Aylett Net Worth?

Allen Aylett has not disclosed his financial details. Thus it is hard to estimate his net worth.

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Which school and college did he go to?

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Physical Appearance of Allen Aylett’s Height, Weight

HeightIn Feet: 5 feet and 9 inches
Centimeter: 174 cm
Meter: 1.74 m
Hair ColorWhite
Eye colorGrey
WeightKilogram: 80 Kg
Pound:  176 Lbs
Body typeFit
Sexual orientationStraight

Interesting facts about Allen Aylett’s should be known

Zodiac signTaurus
Relationship StatusNot Available