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Key Facts

Full name
Ian Fairley

Known as
Ian Fairley

18 September 1964 (age 59)

Age at first & last AFL game
First game: 18y 231d
Last game: 32y 10d

Height and weight
Height: 189 cm
Weight: 92 kg

Senior clubs
Williamstown; North Melbourne

Jumper numbers
North Melbourne: 37, 6

Ian Fairley

ClubLeagueCareer spanGamesGoalsAvgWin %AKIAHBAMKBV
North MelbourneV/AFL1983-19962171490.6953%8.342.723.227

AFL: 9,432nd player to appear, 506th most games played, 656th most goals kickedNorth Melbourne: 738th player to appear, 30th most games played, 39th most goals kicked

Ian Fairley hit the headlines when, aged just 15, he booted eight goals on debut for VFA side Williamstown. He spent three seasons with the Seagulls and then from 1983 to 1996 played 217 senior games and kicked 149 goals for North Melbourne . An assured, safe, confident type of footballer, he was well suited to a variety of positions but played most of his games, particularly in later seasons, at centre half back. In his last match, North Melbourne's 1996 Grand Final win, he capped off a fine career by roaming forward and scoring a late goal, to the great delight of all of his teammates.

Author - John Devaney


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