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Ian Graham

Ian Graham

1963-1966, 1969
7
Other Guernsey Nos.
20

63 CFC Games Played

131 CFC Goals

Date of Birth
5 January 1943
Recruited From
University Blacks
Collingwood Debut
Round 7, 1963
Height:
187cm
Weight:
80kg

Biography

After 24 games and two seasons of VFL football, Ian Graham had managed to achieve more than most would be able to boast after a decade long career in the game.

Recruited from University Blacks, Graham arrived at Victoria Park in 1963 as a key position prospect, though an inconspicuous debut season, in which he played three matches for a return of a single goal, perhaps failed to portent the impact he would ultimately make in an enigmatic and fleeting VFL career.

As 1964 arrived, Graham flourished, with the laconic full forward proving the fulcrum for a Collingwood side which narrowly missed the minor premiership and would succumb to Norm Smith’s Melbourne in the Grand Final by four points.

Though folklore suggests Graham had the opportunity to forever inscribe his name in Collingwood folklore with a scoring chance from an unlikely angle in the dying stages of a hard fought premiership decider, ultimately, it was his brilliance which enabled the Magpies to reach the Grand Final in the first place.

Producing arguably his finest performance of a campaign which culminated in his coronation as winner of the E.W. Copeland Trophy, Graham’s three goal effort spurred Collingwood into its first premiership decider in four years, proving decisive in a low scoring affair decided by a mere four points.

While he failed to reach the same heights the following season, in 1966, Graham’s final campaign at VFL level before embarking on a 12 month sojourn through Europe, the then 23-year old was at his most prolific, booting 58 goals as Collingwood once again reached the Grand Final only to fall agonisingly short as St Kilda prevailed by a single point to continue the Magpies finals anguish.

Graham would return in 1969 for a final tilt at premiership glory, and despite suffering from recurring injury problems, played 10 games as Collingwood bowed out at the Preliminary Final stage, drawing the curtain on his 63 game career.

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Statistics

CFC Career Stats

Season played Games Goals Finals Win %
1963-1966, 1969 63 131 9 65%

CFC Season by Season Stats

Season GP GL B K H T D Guernsey No.
1963 3 1 0 7

1963 Season stats

Hide Season
RD VS Result GL B K H T D Guernsey No. Match Report
Round 7 Essendon L 0 7 View match >
Round 13 North Melbourne L 0 7 View match >
Round 14 Hawthorn L 1 0 7 View match >
Legend
  • #Guernsey
  • GLGoals
  • BBehinds
  • KKicks
  • HHandballs
  • DDisposals
  • MMarks
  • TTackles
*Player goal statistics included VFA (Victorian Football Association) results.
1964 21 41 3 0 7

1964 Season stats

Hide Season
RD VS Result GL B K H T D Guernsey No. Match Report
Round 1 Fitzroy W 1 0 7 View match >
Round 2 Geelong L 3 0 7 View match >
Round 3 Western Bulldogs W 2 0 7 View match >
Round 4 Sydney W 0 7 View match >
Round 5 Carlton W 0 7 View match >
Round 6 Essendon L 0 7 View match >
Round 7 North Melbourne W 2 0 7 View match >
Round 8 Richmond W 0 7 View match >
Round 9 Melbourne L 1 0 7 View match >
Round 10 Hawthorn L 5 0 7 View match >
Round 11 St Kilda W 2 0 7 View match >
Round 12 Fitzroy W 4 0 7 View match >
Round 13 Geelong W 1 0 7 View match >
Round 14 Western Bulldogs W 2 0 7 View match >
Round 15 Sydney W 1 0 7 View match >
Round 16 Carlton D 2 0 7 View match >
Round 17 Essendon W 5 0 7 View match >
Round 18 North Melbourne W 6 0 7 View match >
Semi Final Melbourne L 1 0 7 View match >
Preliminary Final Geelong W 3 0 7 View match >
Grand Final Melbourne L 0 3 0 7 View match >
Legend
  • #Guernsey
  • GLGoals
  • BBehinds
  • KKicks
  • HHandballs
  • DDisposals
  • MMarks
  • TTackles
*Player goal statistics included VFA (Victorian Football Association) results.
1965 10 22 16 96 8 104 7

1965 Season stats

Hide Season
RD VS Result GL B K H T D Guernsey No. Match Report
Round 1 St Kilda L 1 1 6 6 7 View match >
Round 2 Richmond W 2 2 12 12 7 View match >
Round 13 Richmond W 9 3 12 7 View match >
Round 14 Hawthorn W 2 3 12 2 14 7 View match >
Round 15 Geelong W 2 8 1 9 7 View match >
Round 16 Carlton W 4 11 1 12 7 View match >
Round 17 Melbourne W 1 4 9 9 7 View match >
Round 18 Sydney L 3 2 10 1 11 7 View match >
Semi Final St Kilda L 6 4 12 12 7 View match >
Preliminary Final Essendon L 1 7 7 7 View match >
Legend
  • #Guernsey
  • GLGoals
  • BBehinds
  • KKicks
  • HHandballs
  • DDisposals
  • MMarks
  • TTackles
*Player goal statistics included VFA (Victorian Football Association) results.
1966 19 58 50 204 25 229 7

1966 Season stats

Hide Season
RD VS Result GL B K H T D Guernsey No. Match Report
Round 1 Hawthorn W 2 3 14 2 16 7 View match >
Round 2 Fitzroy W 3 1 21 4 25 7 View match >
Round 3 Essendon L 2 2 7 View match >
Round 4 Richmond W 3 3 13 1 14 7 View match >
Round 5 North Melbourne W 3 1 9 4 13 7 View match >
Round 6 Melbourne W 4 0 7 View match >
Round 7 Western Bulldogs W 2 8 16 2 18 7 View match >
Round 8 Geelong W 6 6 18 2 20 7 View match >
Round 9 Sydney W 5 2 8 8 7 View match >
Round 10 St Kilda W 2 0 7 View match >
Round 11 Carlton L 3 10 10 7 View match >
Round 12 Hawthorn W 2 2 4 1 5 7 View match >
Round 13 Fitzroy W 4 3 12 12 7 View match >
Round 14 Essendon L 2 3 9 9 7 View match >
Round 15 Richmond W 2 2 11 5 16 7 View match >
Round 17 Melbourne W 4 8 17 2 19 7 View match >
Round 18 Western Bulldogs W 8 6 20 1 21 7 View match >
Semi Final St Kilda W 2 1 10 1 11 7 View match >
Grand Final St Kilda L 1 1 10 10 7 View match >
Legend
  • #Guernsey
  • GLGoals
  • BBehinds
  • KKicks
  • HHandballs
  • DDisposals
  • MMarks
  • TTackles
*Player goal statistics included VFA (Victorian Football Association) results.
1969 10 9 15 99 23 122 20

1969 Season stats

Hide Season
RD VS Result GL B K H T D Guernsey No. Match Report
Round 4 Carlton W 3 1 6 3 9 20 View match >
Round 5 St Kilda L 3 2 12 2 14 20 View match >
Round 10 Geelong W 2 11 3 14 20 View match >
Round 11 Essendon W 2 2 8 2 10 20 View match >
Round 12 Hawthorn W 2 15 2 17 20 View match >
Round 13 Richmond L 3 8 3 11 20 View match >
Round 19 Sydney W 9 3 12 20 View match >
Round 20 North Melbourne W 2 14 1 15 20 View match >
Semi Final Carlton L 1 1 10 1 11 20 View match >
Preliminary Final Richmond L 6 3 9 20 View match >
Legend
  • #Guernsey
  • GLGoals
  • BBehinds
  • KKicks
  • HHandballs
  • DDisposals
  • MMarks
  • TTackles
*Player goal statistics included VFA (Victorian Football Association) results.
Totals 63 131 84 399 56 455
Avg/Game   2.08 1.33 6.33 0.89 7.22
Legend
  • GPGames Played
  • GLGoals
  • BBehinds
  • KKicks
  • HHandballs
  • TTackles
  • DDisposals

Key Facts

CFC Debut Number

656

Total AFL Games
63
Total AFL Goals
131
CFC Debut
Round 7, 1963
CFC Last Game
Preliminary Final, 1969
Recruited From
University Blacks
Full Name
Ian L Graham

Awards

  • Life Members
    2013
  • Leading Goalkicker (Gordon Coventry Trophy)
    1966
  • E.W. Copeland Trophy (Best and Fairest)
    1964
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