Hall of Fame

Ian Day

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 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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