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Michael NUNAN

STATISTICS

Guernsey Number: 32, 4
Career: 1978 to 1980
NFC Games: 37
NFC Goals: 34
Debut: v West Adelaide (Richmond) 30th July 1978
Finale: v North Adelaide (Norwood) 11th March 1980

Premierships: 1978
SANFL Hall of Fame
Advertiser Team of the Year: 1979
South Australian Games: 3
VFL/AFL Clubs: Richmond
 

Michael "Mick" Nunan was born in Port Pirie and joined Norwood in July 1978 after a stellar career with the Sturt Football Club.
 
Renowned for his lightning, reflex handballing, the diminutive rover had made 188 senior appearances for the Double Blues, and played in four premierships. In 1971, Nunan had played one League game with Richmond (VFL), while on National Service training in Victoria.
 
After returning from an 11 week overseas study trip in 1978, he was advised by Sturt that his services as a senior player were no longer required. At the time, Nunan held a senior position with the Department of Tourism, Recreation and Sport.

Deciding to join the Redlegs in their centenary year, he immediately added another flag to his career highlights.
 
Norwood won a classic final by one point, ironically against Nunan's old club. He continued at the Parade in 1979, and began the 1980 season under new coach Neil Balme. However, after playing in an Escort Cup game against North, and then a trial against Sturt, Nunan and the Norwood Football Club mutually agreed to part ways.
 
Nunan was subsequently cleared to North Adelaide, where he played another 34 games. He coached the Roosters between 1981 and 1992, for two premierships.

In 1996 was appointed coach of Fitzroy (AFL) in their last season prior to the merger with the Brisbane Football Club.
 
Nunan  was later appointed coach of South Australia's State team.

R Cialini Dec 2016
 


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