43 Facts About Allan Langer


Allan Jeffrey "Alfie" Langer AM was born on 30 July 1966 and is an Australian former multi-award-winning rugby league footballer who played in the 1980s, 1990s and 2000s and worked as an assistant coach for the Australian national team, the Queensland Maroons and the Brisbane Broncos.


Allan Langer was one of the pre-eminent halfbacks of his era, representing Australia on many occasions and holding the record for most State of Origin appearances, until being surpassed by his club, state and country team-mate Darren Lockyer.


The youngest of Queensland Rail worker Harry and mother Rita Langer's four sons, Allan Langer was born in Ipswich, Queensland on 30 July 1966.


Allan Langer grew up playing football at Ipswich's Northern Suburbs Tigers alongside his brothers and future Brisbane Broncos teammates Kevin and Kerrod Walters.


Allan Langer was selected as an Australian rugby league schoolboy representative in 1982.


At 15 Allan Langer's first job out of school was a truckie's offsider, delivering whitegoods.


Allan Langer then worked for the council making roads, but continued playing football.


Allan Langer played as a halfback for Ipswich and in 1987 opposed his older brother Kevin, who was halfback of Wests.


Allan Langer was upset that no-one was defending him against Bennett's comments and so stood up and said "He's a Queenslander and won't let us down".


Allan Langer scored tries in the other two Origin fixtures as well.


Allan Langer made his debut for the Australian test side against Papua New Guinea due to a shoulder injury to Sterling.


On 20 July 1988 Allan Langer played for Australia in their record 62-point win over Papua New Guinea, scoring two tries.


Allan Langer's leg recovered to go on the 1990 Kangaroo tour.


Allan Langer won the Wally Lewis Medal for being the best player in the Match.


Allan Langer helped Australia retain The Ashes during the 1992 Great Britain Lions tour of Australia and New Zealand and won the Rothmans Medal for best and fairest player in the Winfield Cup competition that season.


Allan Langer steered his team to their maiden Premiership, winning the Clive Churchill Medal for best and fairest player on the field in the grand final.


Later in the year Allan Langer played in Australia's 1992 Rugby League World Cup Final victory, and captained the Broncos to victory in the 1992 World Club Challenge, the first time Australian premiers had won the title on British soil.


Allan Langer then lost his position in the test squad to Ricky Stuart after an opening loss to Great Britain in the Ashes series of the 1994 Kangaroo tour.


However Allan Langer won the Broncos' player of the year award every year from 1993 to 1996.


Allan Langer was made captain of the Queensland State of Origin team in 1996 and was named by Rugby League Week as that season's player of the year.


Allan Langer again captained the Broncos to victory in the 1997 World Club Championship and the Super League premiership.


Also that year, for the second time, Allan Langer captained the Broncos to a second consecutive premiership when they won the 1998 NRL grand final.


Allan Langer's departure prompted the Queensland Premier and even the Australian Prime Minister to eulogise his contribution to the sport.


Allan Langer captained Warrington Wolves and took them to within one match of the Challenge Cup Final in 2000.


Also in 2000, Allan Langer was honoured as a Member of the Order of Australia "for service to Rugby League football as a player at national and international levels, and as a supporter of charities, particularly those raising funds for cancer research".


Allan Langer's comeback was arranged by Bennett under a shroud of secrecy.


Allan Langer was lured back to the Broncos for one final season in 2002.


Allan Langer was named man-of-the-match in the third and deciding game of that year's State of Origin series and became the oldest player to play in State of Origin football.


At the time of his retirement, Allan Langer had made the most appearances as captain for the Brisbane Broncos and became only the third player to have been named man-of-the-match in a State of Origin game more than three times.


In 2003 Allan Langer was one of the first four former players inducted into the Broncos official Hall of Fame.


In February 2008, Allan Langer was named in the list of Australia's 100 Greatest Players which was commissioned by the NRL and ARL to celebrate the code's centenary year in Australia.


Allan Langer was inducted into the Sport Australia Hall of Fame in 2008.


Allan Langer has been named as a Queensland Maroons' assistant coach under Mal Meninga for the 2009 State of Origin series.


In 2009 as part of the Q150 celebrations, Allan Langer was announced as one of the Q150 Icons of Queensland for his role as a "sports legend".


On 29 March 2010, Allan Langer was charged with drink driving.


At the time of the incident, Allan Langer was ambassador for Lion Nathan brewery.


Allan Langer went to the Normanby Hotel in inner Brisbane, where he was photographed dancing in his underpants in front of patrons.


Allan Langer drank 8 to 10 glasses of beer and a couple of vodkas, before driving his car.


Allan Langer had intended to drive all the way to his home on the Sunshine Coast, but a police patrol pulled him over in the Brisbane suburb of Everton Park.


The police found Allan Langer to be 3 times over the legal blood alcohol limit.


Allan Langer pleaded guilty to the offence in Brisbane Magistrates Court.


The court banned Allan Langer from driving a motor vehicle for eight months.


In 2015 Allan Langer admitted he struggled with a gambling addiction for most of his career.