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Nigel Smart

Games Played 278

Career 1991 - 2004

Debut 1991

Date of Birth 21/05/1969

Biography

AFC Debut Number: 6                 AFC Debut Game:  Round 1 v Hawthorn, 1991
AFC Career Guernsey Number: 7

Nigel Smart set the tone in 1991 for Adelaide, being the first ever Adelaide player named All Australian. His career went on to accrue a then Club-record 278 games.

The athletic defender was a slow beginnerr in the SANFL with South Adelaide but his breakout season in 1990 saw him represent South Australia and selected in Adelaide’s inaugural AFL list. One decade later and he was the only player from Club’s first game to still be on the list. His talent as a rebounding defender earned him  three All Australian selections during his career but it was also his versatility at both ends of the ground which really set him apart from the rest; he kicked three goals in the 1998 premiership success. In 2005 Smart was named in the AFC Team of the Decade 1991-2000. He was inducted into the Adelaide Football Club Hall of Fame in  2021.

Smart also worked with the AFL Players Association off the field and was a respected figure amongst his peers. When he retired in 2004, aged 35, he quickly moved to a position on the AFC board. In 2009 he became the deputy chairman and then in 2013 was appointed Adelaide’s Chief Operating Officer a position he held until 2020.

In 2021 he was selected in the Crows’ “Best 22 of 30 Years”

Stats

Season No. Games Goals Behinds Kicks Handballs Disposals Marks Tackles
1991 7 20 2 1 139 123 262 47 28
1992 7 17 - 2 131 109 240 35 31
1993 7 22 23 17 220 136 356 81 38
1994 7 17 13 19 123 87 210 56 22
1995 7 22 14 6 189 152 341 59 49
1996 7 22 7 8 208 116 324 55 57
1997 7 22 13 8 253 88 341 84 47
1998 7 24 13 12 304 122 426 88 80
1999 7 21 12 10 217 117 334 69 30
2000 7 18 3 1 178 115 293 58 28
2001 7 23 7 11 223 133 356 78 43
2002 7 23 3 3 150 109 259 63 44
2003 7 21 3 5 133 125 258 57 36
2004 7 6 3 1 35 21 56 14 11
Totals - 278 116 104 2503 1553 4056 844 544

Awards

All Australian

All Australian

1991

All Australian

All Australian

1993

Premiership Player

Premiership Player

1997

Premiership Player

Premiership Player

1998

All Australian

All Australian

1998

AFC Life Member

AFC Life Member

1999

AFC Team of the Decade 1991-2000

AFC Team of the Decade 1991-2000

2001

AFC Hall of Fame

AFC Hall of Fame

2021

Best 22 of 30 Years

Best 22 of 30 Years

2021