Australian Football Celebrating the history of the great Australian game


Key Facts

Full name
Graham Ion

Known as
Graham Ion

12 October 1940 (age 83)

Age at first & last AFL game
First game: 17y 315d
Last game: 24y 320d

Height and weight
Height: 178 cm
Weight: 76 kg

Senior clubs

Jumper numbers
Footscray: 17

Family links
Barry Ion (Brother)

Graham Ion

ClubLeagueCareer spanGamesGoalsAvgWin %AKIAHBAMKBV

Pre 1965 stats are for selected matches only

AFL: 6,976th player to appear, 2,230th most games played, 1,278th most goals kickedFootscray: 459th player to appear, 124th most games played, 71st most goals kicked

Graham Ion was a useful forward for Footscray in 107 VFL games between 1958 and 1965, during which he kicked 85 goals. Despite being comparatively short and lightweight at 178 cm and 76 kg he played many of those games in key positions, compensating for any physical deficiencies with his superb anticipation skills.

Ion played at centre half forward in the Bulldogs' 1961 Grand Final defeat at the hands of Hawthorn, but endured a quiet day with only nine disposals. In 1962, he was selected to represent the VFL against Western Australia at the MCG, and kicked three goals in a 17-goal win. He retired from VFL football at the age of just 24 but continued his playing career with Deniliquin in New South Wales.

Author - John Devaney


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* Behinds calculated from the 1965 season on.
+ Score at the end of extra time.