Ian Brewer first joined Norwood for the 1965 season under newly appointed coach Haydn Bunton. By the time he arrived at the Parade, Brewer had already made a name for himself as a star forward in Victoria and Western Australia.
Originally from Sale in Victoria, Brewer played for Collingwood in the Victorian Football League from 1956 to 1961.
Playing pre-dominantly at full forward, he was a member of Collingwood's 1958 premiership side. During the season, Brewer kicked six goals against Melbourne in a front of a record home and away crowd of 99,346. He capped off a wonderful year by topping the VFL's goalkicking list with 73 goals for the season. He was also a member of the 1960 losing grand final team.
Brewer's 1961 season was affected by a bout of hepatitis, and after 84 games and 164 goals with Collingwood he found himself at the St. Kilda Football Club in 1962. Probably still suffering from the effects of the illness, he failed to break into the Saints' league side.
In 1963 Brewer joined Claremont in the Western Australian Football League. Playing as a key forward, he was a prominent member of Claremont's 1964 premiership team. He played 43 games for the club kicking 105 goals.
Brewer transferred to Norwood the following season and quickly became a crowd favourite. Highly skilled, with an uncanny goal sense, the spearhead once again proved to be a prolific goal-scorer. He kicked 96 goals in his first season for the Redlegs, heading the SANFL's goal-kicking list for 1965.
Brewer kicked 76 goals in 1966, again leading Norwood's goalkicking list.
He was then appointed captain-coach of Wangaratta Rovers in the Ovens & Murray Football League from 1967 to 1969.
Brewer returned to Norwood in 1970, but after a handful of senior games, ongoing knee problems forced him into retirement mid-season.
Ian's younger brother Ross, also played in the VFL for Melbourne, Collingwood and Richmond.
R Cialini Feb 2016