Ian was born in Box Hill in 1947 and has a younger sister (Barbara). His family lived in Forest Hill and when Ian married Kerrie in 1973, they bought a house in Bayswater North. Two sons, who play for Croydon Ranges, a daughter and seven grandchildren, round out the Spencer 'clan' at the time of writing. Ian joined the Commonwealth Bank in Ringwood in 1964 and stayed with that organisation until 1985 where he moved to work for another financial institution before retiring in 2002.
Besides an illustrious cricket career, Ian played 380 games with East Burwood Football Club and is a Life Member of that club and of the Eastern Football League. He played in the 1967, 1968 1973 and 1976 Firsts premierships and won the Best and Fairest Award in 1968, 1970, 1972 and 1980. He was also selected (with close friend Bill Stafford) in the East Burwood 'Team of the Century'.
Ian started his cricket career at Forest Hill Cricket Club, which was founded by one of Ian's cousins, in 1955/56 and played there until the 1972/73 season when he was a member of the A Grade premiership team. Whilst at Forest Hill he also captained the Under 16 premiership team in 1961/62 and played 48 junior and 130 senior games with the club.
In 1973/74 season, Ian, via a workmate, joined the Croydon Hockeyers Cricket Club, which had been formed in 1968/69 by a group of players from the local hockey club. Ian has since played over 500 games for the club (now known as Croydon Ranges after Croydon Hockeyers merged with Croydon United) and, including his games with Forest Hill, has played somewhere around 700 games of cricket (at end 2009 season). He played in the 1977/78 'B' Grade (their first eleven) and the 1995/95 'B2' (second eleven) premierships with Croydon Hockeyers. At Croydon Hockeyers Cricket Club, Ian was Club Champion on 9 occasions and won the First XI batting average 16 times. He also won the A Grade batting average 3 times at Forest Hill, has won 8 batting, bowling and all rounder awards at Croydon Ranges, 4 RDCA batting average awards and has made around 20 centuries over a 37 year period with a highest score of 201 in 1969/70. A number of club Veterans premierships in the 1990’s and numerous Veterans representative matches have added to his impressive record. Another highlight was being selected to represent Australia in an Over 60’s game against England, played at Mentone, Vic in 2008.
Ian has been involved at RDCA Executive level for many years including being President of the Junior competition for 3 years, and Secretary/Administration Manager for the Association for 8 years to date. Ian was recognised for his valued contribution to the Association by being awarded Life Membership in 2009/10. From the 2010/11 season, the Senior C Grade competition will play for the 'Ian Spencer Shield', further recognition of Ian's ongoing service to the Association. Ian has also received a 50 Year Service Award from Cricket Australia.