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Key Facts

Full name
Scott McIvor

Known as
Scott McIvor

9 August 1966 (age 56)

Place of birth
Brisbane, QLD (4001)

Age at first & last AFL game
First game: 18y 268d
Last game: 30y 364d

Height and weight
Height: 191 cm
Weight: 87 kg

Senior clubs
Fitzroy; Brisbane

Jumper numbers
Fitzroy: 17
Brisbane: 19, 7

Recruited from
Wilston Grange (1985); Fitzroy (1988)

State of origin

Family links
Don McIvor (Uncle)

Scott McIvor

ClubLeagueCareer spanGamesGoalsAvgWin %AKIAHBAMKBV

AFL: 9,613th player to appear, 637th most games played, 1,100th most goals kickedFitzroy: 1,023rd player to appear, 234th most games played, 290th most goals kickedBrisbane: 45th player to appear, 33rd most games played, 35th most goals kicked

A Queensland Teal Cup representative in 1982, and captain of the team as well as an All Australian the following year, Scott McIvor's prodigious early talent was further evidenced by his being selected to play senior interstate football while still aged just 17. The following year, 1985, he embarked on the long trek south to try his hand in football's elite competition, the VFL, little realising that he would end up spending the vast majority of the 200 game V/AFL career which followed playing out of his home city of Brisbane.

Initially, however, McIvor represented Fitzroy, where times were tough. "In the entire time I was there the club was in turmoil," he later recalled. "You never knew from one day to the next what was going to happen".¹ It was not that the Lions were a poor side, as they demonstrated in 1986 by running third, it was merely that off-field events, notably the ever present threat of bankruptcy, tended to provide a distraction. Nevertheless, McIvor's own form was superb: he ran second to Paul Roos in the 1986 best and fairest and count, and won it the following year, before making the journey home to join the recently formed Brisbane Bears in 1988.

In 10 seasons with the Bears McIvor developed into a recognisable stalwart of the club. Despite never winning the club's best and fairest award, he was almost invariably in the running, while his leadership qualities were recognised with his appointment as club vice captain in 1990. Several times a Queensland state of origin representative, he also enjoyed the peculiar distinction of being chosen to play for Victoria in 1989, at a time when Victoria's desperation to re-claim interstate superiority seemingly allowed it carte blanche access to any players whatsoever it wanted to select.

When Brisbane assimilated Fitzroy after the 1996 season, McIvor was retained, but an injury beset 1997 saw him draw the curtain on his outstanding career 12 months later.

Author - John Devaney


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