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Adelaide Football Club - Crows History Locker

Neil Craig was the Club’s fitness coach under Malcolm Blight and returned to the Club as assistant coach.

An assistant coach under Gary Ayres, Neil Craig took over the senior coaching position as caretaker during the 2004 season and would become Adelaide’s longest serving coach, with 92 wins from 166 games. Craig had coached SANFL club Norwood and also worked under Malcolm Blight at Adelaide as a fitness coach in its premiership years.

In 2005, Craig led the Crows to their first minor premiership and a preliminary final. After that, the Crows reached the finals in five consecutive years. Only three wins from nine finals in these years took some shine off the performances. Adelaide then had two poor years, dropping to 11th in 2010 and struggling again in 2011.

Craig resigned on July 25 2011 after a 103-point loss to St Kilda.