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28 February 1955 (age 68)
Age at first & last AFL game
First game: 18y 87d
Last game: 29y 151d
Height and weight
Height: 185 cm
Weight: 80 kg
Werribee; Footscray; North Melbourne
North Melbourne: 22
Footscray (1984); North Melbourne (1985)
Maurie Dunstan (Father)Graeme Dunstan (Brother)
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AFL: 8,565th player to appear, 865th most games played, 714th most goals kickedFootscray: 622nd player to appear, 47th most games played, 39th most goals kickedNorth Melbourne: 742nd player to appear, 735th most games played, 511th most goals kicked
Recruited from Fish Creek and the son of Collingwood's Maurie, Ian Dustan made his debut for Footscray in round eight, 1973, and went on to play 172 games for the Bulldogs over the next 10 seasons. A relatively tall on-baller, Dustan failed to establish himself as a regular until early in the 1975 season, but thereafter rarely missed a match.
Though his period at the Bulldogs was one of little success for the club, Dunstan was perennially "Mr Reliable", gathering possessions consistently in each game he played, driving the ball into attack. That consistency was rewarded with Victorian selection on several occasions. Dunstan made a significant contribution to the then VFL record score of 33.15 (213) that Footscray kicked in a match against St Kilda in 1978. While most remember that Kelvin Templeton kicked a club record 15 goals in that match, Dunstan had 36 touches and kicked seven goals of his own on the day.
Dunstan won the Bulldogs' best and fairest award in 1979, 1981 and 1982 but ongoing financial problems that dogged Footscray in that era saw Dunstan cleared to North Melbourne after he won the third of those awards. The moved proved fruitless for Dunstan and the Kangaroos. He missed the entire 1983 season due to injury and played only six games in 1984 before his VFL career came to an end, with 178 games and 139 goals to his name.
From 1985 to 1987, Dunstan played at Werribee, notching up 46 games and 74 goals¹. He was captain-coach in the second an third years of that period and took out the the club's best and fairest award in 1986. He later coached Sunshine in the Second Division of that competition.
Author - Andrew Gigacz
1. australianfootball.com is grateful to Kevin Hillier for providing details of Dunstan's time at Werribee.