Ian Martin

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Career Stats & Summary

Vital Statistics

Born
Sunday, 1st July, 1951
Current Age
67 years and 137 days

Biography

Manly junior was graded as a 16-year-old in 1967. A compact five-eighth/lock with an enormously high workrate, Martin played his first grand final in 1970 and was on hand to win consecutive premierships with the club in 1972-73. A bone-jarring tackler for his size, he represented NSW Colts in 1972 but higher rep honours eluded him during his career. Martin spent the 1975 season as captain-coach of Sawtell on the North Coast (representing NSW Country) before resuming his career with Manly. He went on to play in the club's grand final win over P’matta in 1976 and was first choice to replace Bob Fulton as captain the following year. A falling out with coach Frank Stanton saw him replaced as club captain by Max Krilich but Martin continued to produce his best for the club. His last match for Manly was as lock in the 16-0 win over Cronulla in the grand final replay in 1978 – his fourth premiership success with the club.

- ALAN WHITICKER

Career Statistics

All statistics shown in this section are based only on data available in the RLP database, and are not necessarily a complete and/or 100% accurate representation of a player's career. This information should be used as a guide only. If you see a question mark (?), it denotes that the figure is not available.

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Representative

Australia - By Team

Team Years App T G   GK % FG Pts W L D Win %  
NSW Firsts 1972 1 - -   - - 0 1 0 0.00% Match list
NSW Country Firsts 1975 1 - -   - - 1 0 0 100.00% Match list
Overall 1972-1975 2 0 0   0 1 1 0 50.00% Match list


Club Career

Australian League Matches - By Year

Team Years App T G   GK % FG Pts W L D Win %  
Manly Warringah NSWRFL 1969 ? 2 -   - 6  
Manly Warringah NSWRFL 1970 ? - -   - -  
Manly Warringah NSWRFL 1971 ? 6 -   - 18  
Manly Warringah NSWRFL 1972 ? 4 -   - 12  
Manly Warringah NSWRFL 1973 ? 9 -   - 27  
Manly Warringah NSWRFL 1974 ? 5 -   - 15  
Manly Warringah NSWRFL 1976 ? 5 -   - 15  
Manly Warringah NSWRFL 1977 ? 1 -   - 3  
Manly Warringah NSWRFL 1978 17 2 -   - 6 10 5 2 58.82% Match list
Overall 1969-1978 ? 34 0   0 102 ? ? ? ?  

Australian League Matches - By Team

Team Years App T G   GK % FG Pts W L D Win %  
Manly Warringah 1969-74, 1976-78 ? 34 -   - 102 ? ? ? ?  
Manly Warringah 1978 17 2 -   - 6 10 5 2 58.82% Match list
Overall 1969-1978 ? 34 0   0 102 ? ? ? ?  

Australian Finals Matches - By Team

Team Years App T G   GK % FG Pts W L D Win %  
Manly Warringah 1978 5 1 -   - 3 2 1 2 40.00% Match list
Overall 1978 5 1 0   0 3 2 1 2 40.00% Match list

All Australian Club Matches - By Team

Team Years App T G   GK % FG Pts W L D Win %  
Manly Warringah 1969-74, 1976-78 ? 34 -   - 102 ? ? ? ?  
Manly Warringah 1978 25 2 -   - 6 14 9 2 56.00% Match list
Overall 1969-1978 ? 34 0   0 102 ? ? ? ?  

Your Say

John McDonald says: A lot of people rate terry randall as one of the toughest players to lace a boot,this bloke was just as tough. (13/10/2011)

Anonymous says: ian was my favorite player growing up he was tough and talented and in my opinion one of the best players to have not played 4 australia (14/09/2012)

chris gow says: In my mind still the best ankle tackler I have seen and a tireless and very tough player.
My recollection is that he actually captained the 1975 Country firsts team in their upset win over a star-studded city team.
And four premiership wins; a great career. (16/09/2012)

glenn svenoy says: when we arrived at dee why in 1968 from norway.at aged 6 ,i went to brooky oval and saw one of the greatest footy players play.to this day i say ian martin provided the space some of his more noted outside backs got.ian martin was the reason me and my friends went to brooky every week.full stop (20/10/2012)

Anonymous says: The greatest player never to play for Australia. Martin 's workrate was phenomenal and 4 premierhips Al's. A true Manly legend (26/10/2012)

Anonymous says: I PLAYED WITH HIM AND AGAINST HIM.
THE BEST DEFENSIVE PLAYER OF HIS TIME. (17/10/2014)

Anonymous says: Ian also played for Warren ,a country town of NSW.. (22/04/2018)

Anonymous says: He also played for Warren NSW. (22/04/2018)

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Last modified: Thu, 15 Nov 2018 15:20:18 +0000 (Sydney time)