DOB: 20 November 1956
From: Perth, Selection #1 1981 VFL Draft
Number: 9 1982-1990
A regular in WA state sides, Johnson was a highly skilled winger in his early years. Drafted as the first selection of the short lived original national draft, he won the Demons Best and Fairest in his second year and was one the Demons' best in their early 80's dark era.
After being in a regular in his first three seasons he ran into injury trouble, first in 1985 then in 1986 after first a ruptured calf kept him out for five weeks then he broke his thumb. On his third return he injured his shoulder and missed the last two weeks of the season.
In 1987, just as the side started to build towards a finals tilt he tore the hamstring from the back of his knee and missed the second half of the year. He recovered towards the end of the year but couldn't force his way back into a winning side for the finals campaign.
Johnson became the club's oldest ever Best and Fairest winner when he took his second award aged 32 years and 315 days in 1989. His win came despite missing three weeks late in the season with a knee injury.
He lasted just one more season and retired at the end of 1990. A hamstring injury in a night series game had delayed the start of his year until Round 4, 1990. He hurt his calf and didn't reappear until Round 10, 1990, where he played six games in a row before dropping out of the side again.
Melbourne retained him on the list, hoping to convince him to come back but he was content to start a coaching career in the amateurs, including Keilor Park in 2000
The father of Chris Johnson, Alan openly criticised the club about the circumstances surrounding his son's delisting and subsequent departure to Carlton. He returned to the fold at the 2014 Annual General Meeting where he was named a Life Member.
The Age - 07/05/1986
The Age - 16/07/1986
The Age - 22/08/1986
"Melbourne hit by injuries" - Canberra Times 25/02/1990
"Dealing with the Demons of '88" - The Age 02/09/2000
"New life members announced" - melbournefc.com.au 05/02/2015