Ian Day

Inducted :2007
Era : 1961 – 1990


• 67 games and 80 goals for West Adelaide 1952, 1954–1960
• 68 games and 98 goals for South Adelaide 1961–1964
• South Adelaide Captain 1963
• Member of the South Adelaide Premiership team 1964

• Leading Goalkicker for South Adelaide 1964 & West Adelaide 1956
• SANFL Life Member 1965
• Life Member Coca-Cola Mini League
• SANFL Gold Media Award Winner 1991


• Ian joined Channel 7’s television commentary team in 1965 as a pioneer of League Football television coverage with Blair Schwartz and Bob Jervis
• When Channel 9 secured the broadcast rights, Ian joined as its leading football commentator
• Ian finished his commentary career with Channel 2’s commentary team, retiring in 1994

• Ian is quoted as saying “I was extremely lucky in that the year I quit playing football was the year Channel 7 decided to televise the game. They asked me to become a commentator and when I pleaded I’d never done it before, they told me no-one had. We all learned together.”

As testament to his professionalism his colleagues offer the following:

• Ian felt for the players and was positive in his comments – although this did not stop him from analysing their style and passing relevant comment
• Ian was never false in his presentation
• Ian’s tone of voice was genuine when injecting excitement in the call
• Ian was renowned for his homework when calling both League and Reserves matches
• Ian prided himself on the fact that as a commentator he did not “rubbish” players and did not show personal bias.


• South Adelaide Board Member 1965-1967

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