Dr Alan Keane was the founding captain-coach of the Old Xaverians in 1923 and 1924. He won the inaugural Best and Fairest in 1924 and continued as captain in 1925. Alan had been a member of the Xavier College XVIII that won the APS premiership in 1917 and was instrumental several years later in ensuring that alumni of Barkers Road could wear the famous red and black beyond their school years. He was the club's first life member. While there is no record of playing numbers from those earliest days, we have accorded him the honour of the #1 guernsey.
In an era when many graduating Xavier boys looked to join Melbourne University to continue their football, Michael Rush joined the Old Xavs in 1975 during the club's dark days. He was a member of the 1976 C Section premiership, playing a memorable game against AJAX in the Grand Final.
After just 58 games, Mick sustained a career-ending knee injury, but continued to be a tireless advocate, recruiter and committee member of the club. He also coached the U19s and the senior team, guiding the Xavs back to A Section in 1990. He was a very vocal presence on the mound on game days and his partiality extended to his commentary on Xavs' finals telecasts.
While watching his son Dan play in the U19s in mid 2003, he collapsed. Mick was diagnosed with brain tumours, which he fought bravely over the following year before dying in November 2004. His sons Martin, Dan and Joe all played for the Old Xavs.
Michael Blood came to the Old Xaverians after a short stint at Old Melburnians, eschewing the opportunity to join the alumni of his alma mater St Kevin's. Drago played 198 games in the red and black, where he dominated the ruck with his aggression, skill and indomitable will.
At a time where coaches began making strategic interchanges, Blood rarely left the field, drifting forward to take important marks and kick telling goals. He represented the VAFA on many occasions and has been recognised as a Big V champion.
Blood's record places him very securely on the top shelf of Old Xaverians:
- Six time premiership player 1995-2000
- Club captain 1997-2001
- Four time Best and Fairest Winner
- Twice the winner of the Jock Nelson Medal for best afield in a Grand Final
- Life Membership
Other Notable #1s
Cas Keogh wore the number one in the 1950s and won the Best and Fairest in 1955. He was a wool buyer by profession, which precluded him from training with his teammates. Despite this, he rarely played a bad game and was one of the club's better players in an era where the club was not as strong as it later became.
Robin played a couple of seasons during the 1960s after crossing from University Blacks. Of immaculate appearance, oiled up with white ankle bandages and shiny boots, he impressed all. Hawthorn invited him to a pre-season but he returned to wear the red and black.
Sean joined the Xavs after a couple of years at St Kilda. He won the Best and Fairest in 1984 in his only season with the club. Today, he is a renowned architect, the recipient of numerous local and international awards.
Phil was a member of the 1981 A Section premiership team under Michael Green and played 73 games for the Old Xavs.
Fox inherited the number one jumper from Michael Blood and his first task was to shrink the guernsey a few sizes. He played mainly in the U19s and Reserves and had an unfortunate run with injuries.
Heebee came to the club in 2006 after a decorated career at Hawthorn and Richmond as a tough defender. He played across the centre and in the forward line with Xavs and retired in mid 2007, missing the finals and the eventual premiership.
The big fellow was a fine exponent of tap rucking and a strong presence overhead. Sticks came to the Old Xavs after a long stint in the VFL and country football and played 72 games for the club. A very reliable kick for goal, Bye was a premiership player in
After starring in the Old Xavs U19s, Jake made the inexplicable move to St Bede's Mentone Tigers, went to the EFL and then returned to the Red and Blacks where he played in the 2013 premiership team. After problems with injury and relocation to Sydney, the goalsneak's appearances have been limited.
Buddha arrived at the club in 2016 with his brothers Marc and Tomi. He is a courageous and skilful left-footer who plays forward and kicks goals.