Chris McDermott

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Chris McDermott
Personal information
Date of birth (1963-11-04) 4 November 1963 (age 52)[1][2]
Debut Round 1, 1991, Adelaide
v. Hawthorn, at Football Park
Height/Weight 182cm / 92 kg
Playing career1
Years Club Games (Goals)



North Adelaide

276 (184)


117 0(25)
Representative team honours
Years Team Games (Goals)
South Australia 14
Coaching career
Years Club Games (W–L–D)
1997–2000 North Adelaide
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 and the South Australian National Football League. He was an inaugural inductee into the South Australian Football Hall of Fame in 2002.[3]

Playing career[edit]

Chris McDermott was the inaugural captain of the AFL Adelaide Crows.[2] He was initially signed by the VFL Fitzroy in 1981[2] but stayed with the SANFL Glenelg Football Club after the South Australian player retention scheme was developed to pay top players to remain in South Australia.[4] He was "chased by Carlton",[2] and eventually drafted by Brisbane in 1986,[5] but still never made his VFL debut. He played 275 games for his SANFL club Glenelg, playing 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 remained in his home state as the club's inaugural captain.[2]

McDermott is commonly referred to as "Bone",[2] a nickname referring to the damage done to his nose due to excessive facial trauma experienced whilst playing in both the SANFL and AFL.

Coaching career[edit]

McDermott served as playing coach for North Adelaide in 1997 and non-playing coach from 1998 through 2000.[2]

Post football[edit]

McDermott set up the McGuinness-McDermott Foundation, which raises funds to provide oncology treatment for South Australian children, with fellow former Crows team-mate Tony McGuinness.

In July 2014 McDermott became a football and sports commentator for Adelaide talkback radio station FIVEaa and hosted the station's weekday drive-time (3pm - 7pm) sports show with another former Adelaide Crows player, Stephen Rowe. In November 2014 McDermott was replaced on FIVEaa by former Adelaide Crows dual premiership captain, Mark Bickley.[6]

Personal life[edit]

Australian stand up comedian and host of the Channel 10 program Good News Week, Paul McDermott is his cousin.[2] His grandfather was Les Dayman, an inductee into the SANFL Hall of Fame.


  1. ^ Holmesby, Russell & Main, Jim (2007). The Encyclopedia Of AFL Footballers. BAS Publishing. ISBN 9781920910785. 
  2. ^ a b c d e f g h "100 Club: Chris McDermott". Adelaide Football Club. 16 July 2012. Retrieved 17 August 2015. 
  3. ^ "Chris S McDermott". SANFL Hall of Fame. Retrieved 17 August 2015. 
  4. ^ Devaney, John (2008). The Full Points Footy Encyclopedia of Australian Football Clubs, Volume 1. Full Points Publications. ISBN 978-0-9556897-0-3. 
  5. ^ Paton, Al (28 October 2013). "Draft rewind: We rewrite the top 10 of the 1986 and 1987 AFL drafts". Herald Sun. Retrieved 17 August 2015. 
  6. ^ Rucci, Michelangelo (23 October 2013). "Crows premiership captain Mark Bickley replaces Adelaide’s inaugural skipper Chris McDermott on FIVEaa sports show". The Advertiser. Retrieved 17 August 2015. 

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