Ian Hayden

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Ian Hayden
Personal information
Full name Ian Hayden
Date of birth (1941-04-14)14 April 1941
Original team(s) University Blues
Height / weight 185 cm / 89 kg
Playing career1
Years Club Games (Goals)
1962–1964 Richmond 30 (42)
1 Playing statistics correct to the end of 1964.
Sources: AFL Tables, AustralianFootball.com

Ian Hayden (born 14 April 1941) is a former Australian rules footballer who played with Richmond in the Victorian Football League (VFL).

Hayden was one of the leading players in the Victorian Amateur Football Association before he came to Richmond, winning the Woodrow Medal in 1960, while playing for the University Blues.

A follower and key position player, he kicked 17 goals from 13 appearances for Richmond in 1962, his debut season.[1] He bettered that tally in 1963, with 25 goals from 15 games, enough to top Richmond's goal-kicking.[2] This included a personal best six goal haul, against South Melbourne at Lake Oval, one of just seven wins that he participated in over the course of his career.[1]

He badly injured himself in the second round of the 1964 VFL season, against Essendon, when he tore ligaments in his knee. After having a cartilage operation, Hayden returned to training in 1965 but broke down during a practise match in April. He was advised to stay off the football field for the rest of the year, in order to resume his career in 1966, fully recovered.[3] It however didn't work out and he was forced to retire.[4][5]


  1. ^ a b AFL Tables: Ian Hayden
  2. ^ Lovett, Michael (2004). AFL 2004 - The Official Statistical History Of The AFL. AFL Publishing. ISBN 0-9580300-5-7. 
  3. ^ The Age,"Hayden Retires for Season", 28 April 1965, p. 12
  4. ^ "Ian Hayden - Player Bio". Australian Football. Retrieved 14 August 2015. 
  5. ^ Holmesby, Russell; Main, Jim (2007). The Encyclopedia Of AFL Footballers. BAS Publishing. ISBN 978-1-920910-78-5.