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Andrew McLeod

Games Played 340

Career 1995 - 2010

Debut 1995

Guernsey Number 23

Date of Birth 04/08/1976

Biography

This painting, by artist Jamie Cooper, depicts McLeod standing over St Kilda’s Nathan Burke and North Melbourne’s Brent Harvey, representing the losing team in each of Adelaide’s premierships.

Andrew McLeod cemented himself as one of the AFL’s best throughout a prolific career with Adelaide. The Darwin-born star played a Club record 340 games over 16 seasons, and his success included back-to-back Norm Smith Medals in 1997 and 1998. He is the only player to achieve the feat.

If not for a couple of sliding door moments, Adelaide would not have been the lucky Club where McLeod made his name. His father brought him to Adelaide in 1994 and he battled homesickness (and the cold) while playing for Port Adelaide in the SANFL. He ended the season, however, as an SANFL premiership player with the Magpies. Then, when Fremantle had access to McLeod for its inaugural squad at the end of 1994, it chose to instead trade the 18-year-old to the Crows.

In his second AFL game for Adelaide the next year, McLeod gave a glimpse of the influential moments he would become famous for, kicking the match-winning goal against Hawthorn with a clever snap in the wet from deep in the forward pocket.

For many, his 1997 grand final performance was an introduction to his talents. But that had been merely the last game in a break-out season in which he won his first Crows Club Champion award playing mainly as a small forward or across half back. In 1998 his second Norm Smith Medal was won the week after he kicked seven goals in the preliminary final, and after he had been named an All Australian for the first of five times.

Despite a chronic knee problem, McLeod’s list of achievements continued to grow, . Ten years after becoming Adelaide’s youngest Club Champion at 21, McLeod became its oldest winner with his third award. As a measure of his remarkable consistency, he finished runner-up or third in the best and fairest another six times. On retirement from playing, Andrew remained at the Club managing the Club’s Indigenous programs, and also helping to design Adelaide’s Indigenous Round guernseys. In recognition of his achievements, McLeod entered the AFL Hall of Fame in 2014 and the Adelaide Football Club Hall of Fame in 2015.

Stats

SeasonNo.GamesGoalsBehindsKicksHandballsDisposalsMarksTackles
199523151712101611622018
199623192012110841943122
199723261082871514389651
1998231930202321013336742
1999232221132811274088235
2000232228143711535248049
2001232329274081605687163
2002232325223221905127674
2003232429143271724994565
2004232213123121604726167
2005232513133011554567351
20062320662871594469351
20072323653731775508140
20082321952971294266934
2009232410103102125227660
2010231293121932143630
Totals-3402751964440228467241057752

Awards

Club Champion

1997

Premiership

Premiership

1997

Norm Smith

Norm Smith

1997

Premiership

Premiership

1998

Norm Smith

Norm Smith

1998

All Australian

All Australian

1998

All Australian

All Australian

2000

Malcolm Blight Medal

Malcolm Blight Medal

2001

All Australian

All Australian

2001

Team of the Decade (1991-2000)

Team of the Decade (1991-2000)

2001

AFC Life Member

AFC Life Member

2003

All Australian

All Australian

2006

Malcolm Blight Medal

Malcolm Blight Medal

2007

All Australian

All Australian

2007

AFL Life Member

AFL Life Member

2008

AFL Hall of Fame

AFL Hall of Fame

2014

AFC Hall of Fame

2015