Ian Synman

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Ian Synman
Personal information
Full name Ian M. Synman
Date of birth (1938-09-28) 28 September 1938 (age 78)
Original team(s) Melbourne Grammar
Height 188 cm (6 ft 2 in)
Weight 85 kg (187 lb)
Position(s) Centre half-back
Playing career1
Years Club Games (Goals)
1958–59; 1961–69 St Kilda 154 (0)
1 Playing statistics correct to the end of 1969.
Sources: AFL Tables, AustralianFootball.com

Ian M. Synman (born 28 September 1938) is a former Australian rules footballer who played in the Victorian Football League (VFL).[1]

He played as a centre half-back for the St Kilda Football Club playing 153 games (0 goals) from 1958–69. A Melbourne Grammar recruit, he played 123 consecutive games and wore the number 9.

Synman played in the 1966 premiership side. He was Jewish and the Grand Final fell on Yom Kippur, Synman received special dispensation to play.[2]

He is Jewish,[3] and is only one of the few Jews to have played Australian rules football at the highest level.

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  1. ^ "Ian Synman". St Kilda Football Club. Retrieved 18 July 2011. 
  2. ^ Zwartz, Barney (27 September 2003). "That one New Year's Day in September". The Age. Retrieved 18 July 2011. 
  3. ^ Cooper, Adam; Jenkins, Melissa (14 September 2009). "Religion before AFL for 'Dogs president". The Sydney Morning Herald. Retrieved 18 July 2011. 

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