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 80)
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[2] and, although the Grand Final fell on Yom Kippur, Synman received special dispensation to play.[3] He is 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. ^ Cooper, Adam; Jenkins, Melissa (14 September 2009). "Religion before AFL for 'Dogs president". The Sydney Morning Herald. Retrieved 18 July 2011.
  3. ^ Zwartz, Barney (27 September 2003). "That one New Year's Day in September". The Age. Retrieved 18 July 2011.

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