Learning about Ian Hannaford

Ian Hannaford in action.

Ian Hannaford in action.

A strong and athletic country boy from a family farm at Riverton, Ian Hannaford retired from SANFL league football aged just 24.

By this time he had played 123 league games for Port Adelaide, was a member of three flags during Port Adelaide's golden era and donned a jumper for a further 17 titles in South Australia state tri-colours.

Already placed into the Port Adelaide's Hall of Fame for being a member of the 1958 side as an 18-year-old, he was further heralded when the 1962 and '63 Port Adelaide sides were also inducted into the club's Hall of Fame earlier this month.

"My 101-year-old mother, Vera, who is a staunch Port Adelaide person, told me afterwards that I was best on ground in the '58 premiership side, like all good mothers do," Hannaford recollected

"I missed out on the '59 premiership, but certainly was involved in the celebrations afterwards.

"On second semi-final day at a centre bounce against West Adelaide, a chap by the name of (Neil) Kerley barrelled underneath me and I dislocated my elbow.

"Kerley is a good mate these days, but back then he was a mongrel.

"A game that sits strongly in my memory is the (famous) 1963 state side win against Victoria at the MCG.

"I stood a guy by the name of (the late) Wes Lofts from Carlton, who I became good friends with," Mr Hannaford said.

"It's fair to say that I made sure I was ready for finals and state games and you could suggest that I was a bit casual during the regular season."

Hannaford started his senior football with the Riverton Magpies as a 14-year-old and clearly remembers injuring his ankle on the Manoora Oval as a teenager.

"The great 'Choc' Davis was my first coach at Riverton," he said.

He played five games in each of the 1956 and 1957 Mid North seasons, between college commitments and was a member of Riverton's flag in both years.

He was also widely regarded as best on ground in the Magpies 1962 three-point victory over West Adelaide in front of about 43,000 patrons at Adelaide Oval.

At 192 centimetres (6'4") and 92 kg's Hannaford was a key position forward and ruckman of his era.

He also played both the 1958 and 1961 national football carnivals for South Australia.

His younger brother Don played a handful of league games alongside of Ian and the youngest of the three boys, Robert or as is commonly known through the family as "Alfie" (a successful artist), also played underage football in the traditional Port Adelaide prison bar jumper

Hannaford retired at the end of the 64 season, having just been married, to start his own architectural business.

Previous to starting at Port Adelaide, Hannaford was a Gosse Medallist (Best and Fairest College or independent schools player) with Prince Alfred College in 1957 and was an elite junior athlete.