The Inner West Magpies are saddened to inform our players, members and supporters of the passing of former player and coach Terry Ingersoll. Born in Auburn NSW in 1934 Terry was very much a home grown player and one of the first local products to make inroads in Victoria.
Terry was one of the great Wests players during the 1950’s and in 1956 he broke the goal kicking record in Sydney AFL when he kicked 118 goals and at one time had kicked a total of 32 goals in 2 weeks having kicked 15 goals against Balmain and following that effort with 17 goals the next week against St George.
In 1957 Terry headed to Melbourne and joined the Hawthorn Football Club coached by the great Jack Hale and captained by AFL Legend John Kennedy Snr.He made one of the best ever debuts by a Hawks player, kicking 5 goals in round one against Carlton in front of 50,000 fans at Princes Park and went on to win the Hawks goal kicking and Best First Year Player award. This was also the first year that Hawthorn made the finals. With a family illness causing concern Terry cut short his VFL career and returned to Sydney after the 1958 season.
He rejoined Western Suburbs and won the Best And Fairest award and in 1960 was Captain Coach of Wests.Terry represented both Sydney and NSW several times with distinction.With family and work commitments taking precedence Terry retired from football and devoted himself to his wife and young family.
With the passing of his beloved wife, Noelene only 3 weeks ago after 63 years of marriage Terry was devastated.It could even be said that he died of a broken heart.
Our thoughts are with his family at this sad time.