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Farewell to former Saints

St Kilda Football Club’s past player ranks have been diminished by the deaths of two former Saints who donned the red, white and black colours in the 1950s.

John McLaren and Allan Nepveu both passed away in late February.

John McLaren, universally known as “Mick”, played four games for St Kilda in 1955 after joining the club from Caulfield Grammarians. He made his debut in the opening round of 1955 as a half-back flanker and had two games in the opening  fortnight then two later in the year, also in defence.

Although his senior playing career was only brief, Mick would have a long involvement with the club in succeeding years. He built a highly successful printing business and was always willing to help out with St Kilda’s printing needs, especially in the 1980s when the club faced tough financial times. He was also a coterie member for many years.

John was 77 at the time of his death.
Allan Le Nepveu was originally a Black Rock player in the old Federal League before joining Hawthorn. He played 55 games and kicked 11 goals for the Hawks in a career that spanned 1947 to 1952.

A lightly built half-forward and winger he then crossed to St Kilda for a season in 1953, playing nine senior games and kicking one goal.

Allan passed away at the age of 86.

Our sympathies are extended to the families of both former Saints.