Nigel Smart

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This article is about the Australian rules footballer. For the cryptographer, see Nigel Smart (cryptographer).
Nigel Smart
Personal information
Full name Nigel Smart
Date of birth 21 May 1969
Original team South Adelaide (SANFL)
Height/Weight 188 cm (6 ft 2 in) / 91 kg (14 st 5 lb)
Playing career1
Years Club Games (Goals)
1991-2004 Adelaide 278 (116)
1 Playing statistics correct to end of 2004 season.
Career highlights

Nigel James Smart (born 21 May 1969) is a former Australian rules footballer who represented Adelaide in the Australian Football League (AFL) and South Adelaide in the South Australian National Football League (SANFL) during the 1990s and 2000s.[1] Smart played most of his career in defence, and became a crowd favourite easily identifiable with his bald head and goatee.


Smart made his senior debut in 1988 in the SANFL with South Adelaide Football Club and was a member of the Adelaide Crows squad for their inaugural season in 1991. Smart was named at full-back for Adelaide's Round One match against Hawthorn, standing superstar full-forward Jason Dunstall.[2] On his AFL debut Smart collected six kicks, nine handballs and grabbed six marks.

At the end of the 1991 season, Smart would become Adelaide's first ever All-Australian, selected in the Back pocket.

One of the most famous incidents attributed to Smart's career was during the 1992 pre-season, when the Crows, organised a session to walk over hot coals. Smart suffered severe burns to his feet but returned to play football soon after.

Smart was one of the key players in Adelaide's resurgence under Malcolm Blight, and in the 1997 AFL Grand Final against St Kilda, he had the honour of kicking the final goal of the match as Adelaide won their first AFL premiership. He was also a member of the Crows team which won the 1998 AFL Grand Final, the Crows becoming the first team since Hawthorn in 1988 and 1989 to win back-to-back premierships.

Post career[edit]

After his retirement from football, Smart was an unsuccessful candidate for the Liberal Party for the electoral district of Norwood in the 2006 South Australian state election.[3]

Smart has been a member of the Crows' board since 2005, and assumed the role of Deputy Chairman for the 2009. On 1March 2013, Smart became the Chief Operating Officer of the Adelaide Football Club.[4]


  1. ^ "Nigel Smart". Footy Wire. Retrieved 2010-01-23. 
  2. ^ Milbank, Zac (24 March 2011). "Smart effort against mighty Dunstall". The Advertiser. 
  3. ^ Antony Green (2006-04-26). "Norwood Electorate Profile". 2006 South Australian Election. ABC News Online. Retrieved 2010-01-23. 
  4. ^ "AFC Website". New Crows role for Smart.