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Key Facts

Full name
Malcolm Jack Blight

Known as
Malcolm Blight

16 February 1950 (age 72)

Age at first & last AFL game
First game: 24y 58d
Last game: 32y 207d

Height and weight
Height: 182 cm
Weight: 89 kg

Senior clubs
Woodville; North Melbourne

Jumper numbers
North Melbourne: 15

Recruited from
Woodville (1974); North Melbourne (1983)

State of origin

Hall of fame
Australian Football Hall of Fame (1996); South Australian Football Hall Of Fame (2002)

Family links
Horrie Blight (Uncle)

Malcolm Blight

ClubLeagueCareer spanGamesGoalsAvgWin %AKIAHBAMKBV
WoodvilleSANFL1968-1973, 1983-19851643592.19
North MelbourneV/AFL1974-19821784442.4963%14.333.625.4482

AFL: 8,638th player to appear, 863rd most games played, 83rd most goals kickedNorth Melbourne: 666th player to appear, 41st most games played, 5th most goals kicked

He’s just about the right stamp for a run-on follower at 6ft and 13st 7lb. He has plenty of mobility but his overhead marking with a sure grip of the ball whether above the packs or on the chest is the best feature of his all round game.¹

During its comparatively fleeting involvement in the SANFL it is doubtful if the Woodville Football Club produced a more prodigious all round talent than Malcolm Jack Blight. In two separate stints at Oval Avenue Blight played a total of 164 games, won the 1972 Magarey Medal, was twice named Woodville's best and fairest player, made seven appearances for South Australia earning All Australian selection on two occasions separated by thirteen years, and, for good measure, topped the SANFL goalkicking in 1985, his final league season, with 126 goals.

In between he spent a decade with North Melbourne where he became arguably the most celebrated South Australian to transfer to the VFL up to that point. His record while in Melbourne is worth summarising:

  • member of premiership sides in 1975 and 1977
  • member of North's 1980 night premiership team
  • 1978 Brownlow Medallist
  • seven interstate appearances for the VFL including two as captain
  • four times club leading goalkicker
  • Coleman Medallist in 1982
  • played 180 club games including 22 consecutive finals appearances.

The bare facts reveal nothing of the artistry, power and genius of Blight's play, however. Thankfully, his career coincided with the onset of the video age, and so a fair number of his more memorable feats have been recorded for posterity.

If Malcolm Blight the player was among the greatest to have adorned the game, Malcolm Blight the coach was no slouch either. After proving himself the most successful coach in Woodville's brief and predominantly ignominious history, he steered a hitherto under-achieving Geelong side to three grand finals, before returning home to South Australia and masterminding the first two premierships in the history of the Adelaide Crows. A brief stint at St Kilda was less successful, but his achievements with the Crows would doubtless have been sufficient to earn him the keys to the city of Adelaide for life.

Author - John Devaney


1. Football Close Up 1973, page 103.


Full Points Footy's SA Football Companion, Crème de la Crème


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