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Adelaide Football Club - Crows History Locker

One of Australia’s greatest ever footballers replaced Robert Shaw as Adelaide’s third coach. But when Malcolm Blight joined the Crows, one of the only items missing from his football resume was coaching a premiership. Geelong’s senior coach from 1989-1994 had taken the Cats to three grand finals, but not claimed a flag.

However, in his first two seasons with Adelaide, Blight became a premiership coach as the Crows enjoyed back-to-back glory in 1997 and 1998. Adelaide fell back to 13th in 1999, the Club’s lowest finish in nine years in the competition. By July, an exhausted Blight announced his resignation.

In 74 games under Blight, Adelaide won 41 games. But he will always be remembered for his finals record – seven wins from eight games for two premierships.

Having been previously named as the coach of the Crows’ “The Team of the Decade 1991-2000”, in 2021 he was named as coach of Adelaide’s “Best 22 of 30 Years”,