DOB: 23 October 1883
Died: 10 November 1978
Debut: Round 1, 1904 against St. Kilda at Junction Oval
Last Game: Round 7, 1912 against Essendon at MCG
From: South Melbourne Juniors
Number: 22 (1912)
"Rookie" Nolan was a ruckman who is credited with helping the side climb up the ladder in 1907 and 1908 before being appointed captain. He was also a talented rower who represented Victoria. He had already been vice captain in 1907 but resigned after Round 7 because of the time required for his studies.
Initially retired before the 1910 season when he found his work as a solicitor took too much of his time, but returned for three games in 1910 and two in 1912 when the Reds were short of players.
Nolan later served as senior coach of Richmond in 1918, and after his football career was over continued to work as a solicitor. He later became legal adviser to prominent Melbourne businessman John Wren.
His cousin Jimmy also played a single match in 1911
Educated at St Patrick's College, East Melbourne but it's not clear if this was his club of origin.
Probably the Bernie Nolan who was "physical culture instructor" at Fitzroy in 1939. Some sources claim he was captain in 1907, but he may only have been captain for one game as he was not appointed at the start of the year.
Herald - 06/05/1904
Herald - 21/06/1907
Punch - 26/09/1907
Herald - 08/04/1910
Punch - 30/05/1912
Advocate - 05/03/1936
Saturday Evening Express - 20/05/1944
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