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Key Facts

Full name
Nigel James Smart

Known as
Nigel Smart

21 May 1969 (age 53)

Age at first & last AFL game
First game: 21y 305d
Last game: 35y 30d

Height and weight
Height: 188 cm
Weight: 91 kg

Senior clubs
South Adelaide; Adelaide; Australia

Jumper numbers
Adelaide: 7

Recruited from
South Adelaide (1991)

Hall of fame
South Australian Football Hall Of Fame (2008)

Nigel Smart

ClubLeagueCareer spanGamesGoalsAvgWin %AKIAHBAMKBV
South AdelaideSANFL1988-1992, 200478290.37

AFL: 10,177th player to appear, 145th most games played, 903rd most goals kickedAdelaide: 16th player to appear, 5th most games played, 23rd most goals kicked

A player of considerable verve, panache and athleticism, Nigel Smart was without doubt one of the greatest players in the comparatively short history of the Adelaide Crows. He began his senior career with South Adelaide, where he played 68 SANFL games between 1988 and 1990, and was a member in 1991 of the Crows' inaugural AFL squad. Over the ensuing 14 seasons he played a then club record 278 AFL games, and was a prominent contributor to two premiership wins. An AFL All Australian in 1991, 1993 and 1998, he could function effectively at either end of the ground, or across centre, but it was as a defender that he spent the majority of his career, and probably played his best football.

Author - John Devaney


Full Points Footy's SA Football Companion


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