Les Dayman

Leslie C. (Bro) Dayman (28 October 1901 11 March 1979) was an Australian Rules footballer who played for Port Adelaide in the South Australian National Football League (SANFL) and Footscray in the Victorian Football League (VFL).

Les Dayman
Personal information
Full name Leslie C. Dayman
Date of birth 28 October 1901
Date of death 11 March 1979(1979-03-11) (aged 77)
Original team(s) Salisbury
Height 183 cm (6 ft 0 in)
Weight 82 kg (181 lb)
Position(s) Key position forward/Ruckman
Playing career1
Years Club Games (Goals)
1921–1931 Port Adelaide 165 (401)
1932–1934 Footscray 34 (68)
1935–1936 Coburg ≤ 37 (?)
1937 Port Adelaide 1 (0)
Representative team honours
Years Team Games (Goals)
1923–1931 South Australia 19 (30)
1 Playing statistics correct to the end of 1937.
Career highlights
Sources: AFL Tables, AustralianFootball.com


Port Adelaide (1921 - 1931)

Les Dayman started his career at Port Adelaide in 1921, after arriving from Salisbury. During that year he was a member of the club's premiership team. He played beside his brother Clem at the club during the 1920s and was used mostly as a ruckman or in the key forward positions. On three occasions Dayman won Port Adelaide's 'Best and Fairest' award and also topped their goal-kicking four times. He was the league's top goal-kicker in 1929 with 86 goals.

A regular South Australian interstate representative, he made a total of 19 appearances and kicked 30 goals for his state.

Footscray (1932 - 1934)

Footscray acquired his services in 1932 and he had a solid first season, kicking a bag of five against Fitzroy in his second game and topping the club's goal-kicking with 37 majors.

Coburg (1935 - 1936)

Following the end of his three-year VFL stint, Dayman played briefly at Coburg in the Victorian Football Association (VFA).

Port Adelaide (1937)

He returned to Port Adelaide in 1937, making one further appearance for the seniors and going on to serve the club in an off field capacity.


In 2002 he was one of the inaugural inductees into the South Australian Football Hall of Fame. He is also a centre half forward in Port Adelaide's official 'Greatest Team', which took into account the period 1870 to 2000.

Personal life

He was the younger brother of Clem Dayman who also played at Port Adelaide and the father of Leslie Dayman, notable Australian stage, screen and TV actor. He is also the grandfather of Adelaide Crows inaugural captain Chris McDermott.[1]


  1. "SA FOOTBALL HALL OF FAME: Leslie C Dayman". www.sanfl.com.au. Retrieved 27 October 2015.
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