Hall of Fame – Mick Nolan

2009 Hall of Fame Inductee – Michael Francis Nolan (Dec)

Premierships – 1971,1972
Grand Final – 1970
Best & Fairest – 1971,1972
Runner Up Best & Fairest – 1968
Played Morth Melbourne 107 Games (1973-1980)
North Melbourne 40 Goals
North Melbourne Premiership – 1975
Playing Coach – Mayne (QAFL) 1981-1986  , 100 Games
Non Playing Coach – Mayne, 1995-1997
Member Mayne Premiership Team – 1982
Best & Fairest Tarrawingee – 1967
Queensland State Coach – 1987
Queensland State Side Representative
Life Member North Melbourne Football Club
Member North Melbourne Hall of Fame
Life Member QAFL
Member QAFL Hall of Fame
Also Played South Wanderers (WJFL)
Member Ovens & King Hall of Fame

HIS was the classic sporting success story. The overweight kid spumed, by schoolboy and junior football teams, goes on to captivate the nation by controlling the ruck duels in a VFL grand final. Along the way his earthi-ness and loveable personality earn him “cult hero” status and a universally acknowledged moniker – “The Galloping Gasometer”. Michael Francis Nolan and his eight siblings grew up in the surrounds of Tarrawingee’s Plough Inn Hotel. It was the Bulldogs’ coach of the time, Ray Burns, who recognised that, in Mick’s flabby physique and awkward gait, was a ruckman of substance waiting to emerge. Burns nurtured Mick for a couple of seasons, making provision for his haphazard efforts at training and his casual manner. Mick was Tarra’s best and fairest in 1967 and in demand from Wangaratta’s two O and M clubs. He chose the Rovers and over the next five years was to forge an unforgettable link with the club. Despite being the unfittest player at the City Oval and sometimes battling niggling injuries he strung together 101 consecutive games of the highest quality. Mick played in a grand final loss to Myrtleford but lifted his game to another level in the following two years, taking out the best and fairest in both 1971 and 1972. Nolan was invited to Arden Street and, despite the assertions by most experts that he would never make it, he soon formed a lethal partnership with Barry Cable. Mick waged a great battle with Hawthorn’s Don Scott in the 1975 grand final to play a big part in North’s first-ever premiership. After 107 games with North and discussions with VFL president Allan Aylett, Nolan moved to Queensland where as coach and player for Mayne he virtually became “Mr Football” in his adopted state. When Federal MP Damian Hale rose in the House of Representatives to pay homage to a great Australian in June last year, he spoke for many thousands of Australians who had been touched by the passing of the man simply known as “Big Mick”.