J.K.A. (Alistair/’Wimpy’) McLeod joined ‘the Blacks’ from school in 1950 and made an immediate impression with his size and mobility. ‘Wimpy’ was selected in the All-Australian Amateur team to contest the Carnival in Brisbane during July in his very first season. This was an outstanding performance for a Freshman.
He was approached by Norwood after the Brisbane Carnival and trained with North Adelaide late in the 1951 season.
‘Wimpy’ McLeod continued to show outstanding ability, whether used as a ruckman, centre half forward or full forward from 1950 to 1956. He was a regular choice in State teams from 1950 to 1955, captaining the team in 1952, 1954 and 1955. ‘Wimpy’ again was chosen in the All-Australian team in 1954, this time as Captain. He was awarded his Football Blue in 1951.
‘Wimpy’ was a member of the strong University sides of the early 1950’s and he played in Premiership teams in 1951, 1952, 1954 and 1955. In the 1952 Challenge Final against Exeter he kicked seven goals in a match-winning performance. He was Captain of the Club in 1954 and led ‘the Blacks’ to the Flag.
As well as being a brilliant player, ‘Wimpy’ was an active Club member, being Chairman of the Social Committee in 1951 and 1952.
‘Wimpy’ McLeod was made an Honorary Life Member of the University Football Club in 1957. He is one of the true champions of the Club.