79. Alan Leeson

Media Inductee

Journalist/Editor/Writer, 1957-1991

Commenced as a cadet with The Advocate, 1957
Reported on NWFU football exclusively, 1960-80
Full-time sports reporting and sub-editing, 1963 and The Advocate’s first Sports Editor, 1968
Founder, NWFU ‘200 club’, Tasmania’s first body recognising senior footballers attaining 200 senior games
Editor, NWFU Record (weekly), 1966-80
Edited, compiled and co-researched Century of Tasmanian Football, 1879-1979 for the TFL and the Tasmanian Football Yearbook, 1979
Covered the Australian carnival, interstate matches in four states and a VFL grand final, 1966-72
Covered 400 senior football matches between 1960 and 1980

Alan Leeson was a prolific football writer who helped establish important north-west football institutions such as the football record and the NWFU ‘200 club’. Leeson made a lasting contribution to the history of Tasmanian football in editing and co-researching Century of Tasmanian Football with Ken Pinchin (dec).