Chris McDermott

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Chris McDermott
Personal information
Date of birth (1963-11-04) 4 November 1963 (age 51)
Debut Round 1, 1991, Adelaide
v. Hawthorn, at Football Park
Height/Weight 182cm / 92 kg
Playing career1
Years Club Games (Goals)
Glenelg (SANFL)
Adelaide (AFL)
North Adelaide (SANFL)
276 (184)
117 0(25)
Coaching career
Years Club Games (W–L–D)
1997–2000 North Adelaide (SANFL)
1 Playing statistics correct to end of 1997 season.
Career highlights
For the British Handball player, see Christopher McDermott.

Chris McDermott (born 4 November 1963) is a former Australian rules footballer who played in the Australian Football League.

Chris McDermott was the inaugural captain of the Adelaide Crows. He was initially signed by Fitzroy in 1981 but chose to stay loyal to the Glenelg Football Club and reap the rewards of the South Australian player retention scheme. He was chased by Carlton, and eventually drafted by Brisbane in 1986, but still never made his VFL debut. He played 275 games for his SANFL club Glenelg, preferring to play football in his home state of South Australia. It was not until 1990 when talks of Port Adelaide becoming the South Australian team in the national competition that McDermott looked to Victoria for any other club. However, when it became clear that the Adelaide Crows were going to be South Australia's entry into the AFL, he was delighted to remain in his home state as the club's inaugural captain.

Commonly referred to as "Bone". This nickname refers to the unfortunate state of his nose due to excessive facial trauma experienced whilst playing in both the SANFL and AFL.

Life after football has seen McDermott set-up the McGuinness-McDermott Foundation with fellow former Crows team-mate Tony McGuinness.

He is also the cousin of the Australian stand up comedian and host of the Channel 10 program Good News Week, Paul McDermott.

As of July 2014 McDermott is a football and sports commentator for Adelaide talkback radio station FIVEaa. He currently co-hosts the stations weekday drive-time (3pm - 7pm) sports show with another former Adelaide Crows player Stephen Rowe.

In November 2014 McDermott made way for former Adelaide Crows dual premiership captain, Mark Bickley.

Playing career[edit]

  • Glenelg: 1981–1990, 1992, 1995–1996 – 277 games, 184 goals.
  • Adelaide: 1991–1996 – 117 games, 25 goals.
  • North Adelaide (as player-coach): 1997 – 10 games.
  • South Australia: 14 games.


  • Glenelg Captain (1988–1990)
  • Glenelg Best-and-Fairest (1986, 1987, 1988)
  • Glenelg Premiership Player (1985–1986)
  • Adelaide Captain (1991–1994)
  • Adelaide Best-and-Fairest 1992
  • All-Australian 1986, 1987 (captain), 1992
  • South Australia Captain (1988–1995)
  • Fos Williams Medal 1987
  • Simpson Medal 1987


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Sporting positions
Preceded by
Inaugural captain
Adelaide Football Club Captain
Succeeded by
Tony McGuinness
Preceded by
Mark Mickan
Adelaide Best and Fairest winner
Succeeded by
Tony McGuinness