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Four more Crows enter club Hall of Fame

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The Adelaide Football Club has inducted inaugural captain Chris McDermott, premiership captain Mark Bickley and players Tyson Edwards and Nigel Smart into the club’s hall of fame.

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The four players who played a combined 988 games for the club were honoured at a gala ceremony at the Adelaide Entertainment Centre on Thursday night.

They are only the second group to ever be inducted in the club’s hall of fame, following its creation in 2015 to mark the club’s 25th season.

They join dual Norm Smith medallist Andrew McLeod, Brownlow medallist Mark Ricciuto, 300-game players Simon Goodwin and Ben Hart, two-time premiership coach Malcolm Blight, inaugural chairman Bob Hammond and administrator Bill Sanders in the hall of fame, with the selection committee honouring those who make a “profound” contribution to the club.

McDermott joined the Crows as a 27-year-old after a long career with SANFL side Glenelg, and was Adelaide’s first ever captain when they took the field against Hawthorn in round one of 1991.

He was named to the All-Australian team and won the club’s best and fairest in 1992, and led the Crows in their first ever finals campaign in 1993.

Already a South Australian Football Hall of Fame member, the inaugural captain played a total of 117 games for the club.

Bickley took over captaining the team in 1997 for Adelaide’s first ever premiership, playing a total of 272 games including 102 as skipper.

The midfielder would later come back to the club in an assistant and caretaker coaching role.

Fellow midfielder Edwards is also a two-time premiership winner and played the second highest-number of games for the club, 321, during his 16-year career.

A fan favourite, he is a three-time members’ MVP as well as three-time best and fairest runner up.

Smart was a two time All-Australian who played 278 games for the club from its inaugural season through to 2004.

The first-ever Crow to reach 250 games, Smart has since moved on to become a board member and administrator at the Crows where he oversaw the development of the club’s AFLW side.

-with AAP

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