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Lindsay Allan Telfer, universally known as Allan, commenced as a junior with the club in the mid-1930s and brought great honour to the club by winning the 1937 Tomkins Medal for the Fairest and Most Brilliant player in the Senior Colts (Under 19) competition. Allan won the medal in only the second year of it being awarded.
The following year Allan progressed to the “B Grade”, winning the Best Junior award that year before progressing to the league team in 1939. Over the next two years Allan played 9 games and kicked 3 goals for the league team and by the end of 1940 he had also amassed 34 games with the Bs. In 1939 he was awarded the “Best Attention To Training With Results” trophy.
During the summer months Allan played district cricket at Prospect Cricket Club with many of his NAFC teammates. A highlight of Allan’s cricket career was when he scored a century for Prospect A Grade against Port Adelaide at Alberton Oval.
Like so many players of his time, Allan’s career was truncated by World War II. In Allan’s case he enlisted in the Royal Australian Air Force immediately the 1940 season ended and he served with the RAAF until the completion of the War. He rose to the rank of Flight Sergeant before being discharged in December 1945.
Although he never played for the Club again he maintained a strong interest in North Adelaide and of recent times has been a benefactor of our Under 18s team. In fact in the past few years the U18 Best and Fairest winner has received the Allan Telfer medal. Up until 2013 year Allan always attended our Presentation Night to present the award but unfortunately illness precluded him from attending in 2014.
Allan was one of the last remaining pre World War players until he passed away in October 2014.