Roy Arbon
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Roy Arbon


Roy Arbon, a name synonymous with Alice Springs football, he also served the Northern Territory Football League (NTFL) for 13 years prior where he played with Nightcliff and Darwin juniors before 11 seasons with the North Darwin Magpies. 

Arbon played in both NT major leagues; NTFL and Central Australian Football League (CAFL) from 1978 until 1985 before relocating permanently to Alice Springs in the mid-1980s.

Arbon played 19 seasons with Pioneer Football Club from 1978 until 1997 and was a member of the 1981, 1983 and 1985 A Grade premiership teams in addition to representing the CAFL in 1984 and 1985. He played Reserves football with the club for 11 years from 1986 until 1997.

Arbon is equally well-known throughout the NT for his Alice Springs coaching career, which commenced at Under 18 Colts level in 1986, producing a Premiership in 1988 before moving to the Under 16 grade and an undefeated premiership run in 1989. 

Moving to Reserve Grade in 1992, Arbon coached another premiership and became League Coach Assistant until 1997 when he became League Co-Coach winning the 1998 and 2003 Premierships.

Coaching in his own right from 1999, Arbon won CAFL Senior premierships in 2000 and 2001, coaching again in 2004 and 2012.

Arbon was a CAFL Senior Representative coach in 1997 (Cairns) and 2001 (vs Spencer Gulf), in addition to several appointments as CAFL underage representative teams and NT Thunder Academy squads.

His sons have replicated Arbon's love for the game; with two playing in major interstate leagues, Joel played South Australian National Football League (SANFL) and Matthew at SANFL and AFL (North Melbourne).


Clubs played for
Pioneer Football Club