Donald Lindner (16 February 1936 – 31 December 2008) was an Australian rules footballer who played with North Adelaide in the South Australian National Football League (SANFL). He is the centre half-forward in North Adelaide's official Team of the Century[1] and Hall of Fame,[2] and in 2002 was inducted into the SANFL Hall of Fame.[3]

Donald Lindner
Personal information
Date of birth (1936-02-16)16 February 1936
Date of death (2008-12-31)31 December 2008
Playing career1
Years Club Games (Goals)
1954–1970 North Adelaide 290 (273)
Representative team honours
Years Team Games (Goals)
South Australia 16
Coaching career
Years Club Games (W–L–D)
1963–1966 North Adelaide
1 Playing statistics correct to the end of 1970.
Career highlights
Source: AustralianFootball.com

Lindner was renowned for his high marking and by the time he retired in 1970 had played 290 league and cup games, kicking 273 goals for North Adelaide.[4][5] His greatest achievement was winning the 1967 Magarey Medal, originally losing on a countback, but was awarded it retrospectively when the league decided to give the award to those who had lost on countback in previous years. He had played that season in both defence and in the ruck and was also North Adelaide's best and fairest winner for the third time, having previously won the award in 1958 and 1962.[6]

Other honours during his career include topping North Adelaide's goal kicking in 1955 with 36 goals, being a member of their 1960 premiership side and representing South Australia 16 times at interstate football.[3] His best performance in South Australian colours came in the 1961 Brisbane Carnival where he was selected in the All-Australian side. He captained and coached North Adelaide from 1963 to 1966, leading them to the Grand Final in his first year in charge. In 1967 he lost the coaching role to Geof Motley but remained captain until 1969.

Don Lindner died celebrating New Year's Eve 2008 at the Hampstead Hotel in Collinswood.[7]

Don Lindner WalkEdit

The Council of the City of Prospect commemorated Lindner's achievements by naming a short pedestrian walkway beside Prospect Oval after him. The walkway connects his former family home in Kintore Avenue with his football home in Menzies Crescent. On 29 August 2010, Mayor David O’Loughlin formally opened the Don Lindner Walk at an unveiling of a plaque at the Council Room within the North Adelaide Football Club, attended by over seventy guests and Lindner's family. The plaque has been placed on short bollards at each end of the walkway.[8]

 
Signpost outside Prospect Oval, looking north east to the opposite end of the oval

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "North Adelaide Team of the Century". North Adelaide Football Club. Retrieved 26 November 2018.
  2. ^ "North Adelaide Hall of Fame". North Adelaide Football Club. Retrieved 26 November 2018.
  3. ^ a b "Don Lindner - SANFL Hall of Fame". SANFL. Retrieved 26 November 2018.
  4. ^ "North Adelaide player stats". North Adelaide Football Club. Retrieved 26 November 2018.
  5. ^ "Donald Lindner". australianfootball.com. Retrieved 26 November 2018.
  6. ^ "North Adelaide Best & Fairests". North Adelaide Football Club. Retrieved 26 November 2018.
  7. ^ Zed, Tom (1 January 2009). "North footy legend dies". Adelaide Now. Retrieved 26 November 2018.
  8. ^ "Council Agenda 28-09-2010" (PDF). Council of the City of Prospect. Retrieved 26 November 2018.

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