Full Name: Ian Hayden
Date of Birth:14 April 1941
Height: 6ft 1 (185cm)
Weight: 14st (89 kgs)
Debut: 21 April 1962 vs Melbourne
Last Game: 25 April 1964 vs Essendon
Richmond Senior Games
|1962||13||17||Best First Year Player|
Richmond Reserves Games
Marist Brothers , Wangaratta 1956
Wangaratta 1957 – 1959 Games 14
HONOURS – Premiership Team 1957 ;
University Blues 1958 – 1961
HONOURS – Premiership Team 1960 ; Captain 1960 ; Tied Best & Fairest “ A “ Grade Amateurs ( Woodrow Medal ) 1960 ;
Newman College Football Team
HONOURS – Premiership Team 1959 , 1960 ; Captain 1960 – 1961 ;
Best & Fairest 1959 – 1960 ; Intervarsity Captain 1961 ; All
Australian Team 1960 – 1961 ;
Ian was a centre-half –forward and centre-half-back . Recruited from Wangaratta via University Blues he was a strong mark; however he was sometimes astray when kicking for goal . Melbourne FC were interested in him, and he trained with Carlton on September 15 1959, and played in practice matches in 1960. But he chose Richmond, in part as he worked for club President Ray Dunn ‘s legal firm .
Hayden first trained with Richmond on March 1 1961, after being courted by several clubs.
His first senior game was against Melbourne where he kicked 3 goals 4 behinds.
In 1962 , he won the Best First Year Player award and in 1963 the Goalkicking award despite several injuries that year of a sprained hand (fell while training on the beach), and a groin injury, and a concussion in the Rd 9 match vs Geelong. His highest individual goal tally was 6 against South Melbourne in Round 2 of 1963 (which included Richmond's last 5 goals across 3rd and 4th qu) and 5 against St Kilda in Round 17 of 1962 .
Unfortunately for Ian he was forced to retire at the age of 23 due to injury . He received three Brownlow votes in his last full game of league football against Footscray in Round 1 of 1964. "The Bulldogs attack had its own problems, the main one being Ian Hayden, the Tiger centre half-back who completely blanketed Footscray's new centre half-forward Frank Johnson" The following week his career ended when he damaged his cruciate ligament. His operation was successful, but in the final pre season practice match on April 10 1965 he broke down.
(Written by Leon Daphne, Rhett Bartlett. Parts of this biography are sourced from Paul Hogan's Tigers of Old book. Used with permission)