Australian Football Celebrating the history of the great Australian game


Key Facts

Full name
Ian Gillett

Known as
Ian Gillett

20 September 1928

28 February 2008 (aged 79)

Age at first & last AFL game
First game: 22y 213d
Last game: 29y 337d

Height and weight
Height: 188 cm
Weight: 86 kg

Senior clubs
South Melbourne

Jumper numbers
South Melbourne: 28

Ian Gillett

ClubLeagueCareer spanGamesGoalsAvgWin %AKIAHBAMKBV
South MelbourneV/AFL1951-19581351120.8342%0

AFL: 6,067th player to appear, 1,576th most games played, 961st most goals kickedSouth Melbourne: 710th player to appear, 90th most games played, 58th most goals kicked

Ian Gillett gave solid service to South Melbourne as a ruckman and in key positions at both ends of the ground during a 135-game VFL career which ran from 1951 to 1958. A forward during his first few seasons, he booted a total of 112 goals, including a club list-topping 34 in 1953. As a ruckman he was strong, fearless and extremely team orientated. He won South's best and fairest award in 1956, the same season that teammate Fred Goldsmith won the Brownlow. Gillett played as a defender towards the end of his career, and almost always performed serviceably.

Author - John Devaney


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