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Key Facts

Full name
Ian Nankervis

Known as
Ian Nankervis

3 January 1948 (age 75)

Age at first & last AFL game
First game: 19y 144d
Last game: 35y 236d

Height and weight
Height: 183 cm
Weight: 73 kg

Senior clubs

Jumper numbers
Geelong: 40

Family links
Bruce Nankervis (Brother)Vic Nankervis (Great uncle)

Ian Nankervis

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AFL: 7,951st player to appear, 44th most games played, 397th most goals kickedGeelong: 696th player to appear, 4th most games played, 34th most goals kicked

Recruited from Barwon, Ian Nankervis made his senior debut with Geelong in 1967 and, over the next 17 seasons, went on to play a club record 325 VFL games. Initially playing mainly as a forward pocket-rover, he later developed into one of the finest back pockets in the history of the game. He had an exemplary attitude to training, and a wholehearted commitment to the Geelong Football Club, setting an estimable example to younger players.

Captain for four seasons from 1978, Nankervis won club best and fairest awards in 1972, 1976 and 1977. Polished and tidy in everything he did, "his concentration, anticipation, stamina, courage, running ability and highly developed disposal skills made him one of the club's all time greats".¹

A regular Big V representative (a dozen appearances), Ian Nankervis captained the state against Tasmania at Hobart in 1979, and was selected in the 1980 All Australian side. He played for much of his league career alongside younger brother Bruce.

Author - John Devaney


1. Cats' Tales by Col Hutchinson, page 166.


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