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Mark Bickley

Games Played 272

Career 1991 - 2003

Debut 1991

Guernsey Number 26

Date of Birth 04/08/1969

Biography

Mark Bickley was one of the last players chosen in Adelaide’s inaugural 52-man squad, and six seasons later he earned his place in Club history as captain in the 1997 and 1998 premierships.

From Port Pirie, where he played for Solomontown, Bickley trialed with North Adelaide in 1998 but was not signed, and so he retuned home for a premiership win, alongside an Association best and fairest. He later returned moved to South Adelaide where he played 53 games in 1989 and 1990. Small but strong (178cm and 82kg), Bickley played much of his early career at half-back before evolving into a midfielder.

He was one of the Club’s most consistent performers and although he did not win a best and fairest, he was runner-up in 1993, third in 1992 and in the top ten in 11 of his 13 seasons. Even in his final season he remained a force, finishing fourth in 2003. After four seasons, two premierships and 102 games as captain, Bickley passed on the baton to Mark Ricciuto but continued to play and contribute until beyond his 34th birthday. In 2007 he was inducted into the SA Football Hall of Fame and then the Australian Football Hall of Fame in 2009.

Bickley became heavily involved in the media, working in radio and television. However, at the end of 2008 he accepted an offer to return to the Crows as an assistant coach under Neil Craig and later Brenton Sanderson. He has been involved in Adelaide radio since 2014 at 5aa.

Stats

SeasonNo.GamesGoalsBehindsKicksHandballsDisposalsMarksTackles
19912618371681423104719
19922622312652475127337
199326231392972665639363
19942611241501002503428
19952622242171783955242
19962622862632084717661
1997262612213511975488480
1998262310112701604307464
19992618741741523265425
20002620592401393796150
20012623252851494347462
20022620552421854278554
20032624542411914327973
Totals-2727790316323145477886658

Awards

Best Team Man

Best Team Man

1992

Best Team Man

Best Team Man

1993

Club Captain

Club Captain

1997-2000

Premiership

Premiership

1997

Premiership

Premiership

1998

AFC Life Member

AFC Life Member

1999

Best Team Man

Best Team Man

2000

Team of the Decade (1991-2000)

Team of the Decade (1991-2000)

2001

AFL Hall of Fame

AFL Hall of Fame

2009