Ian McKay (footballer)

Ian Lawson McKay (9 March 1923 3 April 2010) was an Australian rules footballer who played with North Adelaide in the SANFL. He played a total of 164 games for North Adelaide.

Ian McKay
Personal information
Full name Ian Lawson McKay
Date of birth (1923-03-09)9 March 1923[1]
Place of birth North Adelaide, South Australia[1]
Date of death 3 April 2010(2010-04-03) (aged 87)
Original team(s) St George
Playing career1
Years Club Games (Goals)
1946–1955 North Adelaide 164 (45)
1 Playing statistics correct to the end of 1955.
Source: AustralianFootball.com

Recruited from Sydney club St George, McKay joined North Adelaide in 1946 and although he started as a centre half back he played at fullback from 1949 until his retirement. McKay was selected to the South Australian interstate side in his debut season, the first of 14 times that he would represent his state. He won the Magarey Medal in 1950, the first fullback to win the award. He captained North Adelaide for eight seasons and led them to premierships in 1949 and 1952, also captaining South Australia twice.

McKay was also notable for an overhead mark he took in the 1952 SANFL Grand Final against Norwood. The photograph of the mark captured McKay's dramatic leap over Norwood's Pat Hall and was reputedly distributed around the world.


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