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Key Facts

Full name
Barry Mitchell

Known as
Barry Mitchell

7 December 1965 (age 58)

Age at first & last AFL game
First game: 18y 221d
Last game: 30y 261d

Height and weight
Height: 173 cm
Weight: 70 kg

Senior clubs
Sydney; Collingwood; Carlton

Jumper numbers
Sydney: 49, 10
Collingwood: 6
Carlton: 10

Recruited from
Sydney (1993); Collingwood (1994)

Family links
Tom Mitchell (Son)

Barry Mitchell

ClubLeagueCareer spanGamesGoalsAvgWin %AKIAHBAMKBV

AFL: 9,546th player to appear, 467th most games played, 278th most goals kickedSydney: 1,131st player to appear, 52nd most games played, 20th most goals kickedCollingwood: 937th player to appear, 671st most games played, 486th most goals kickedCarlton: 994th player to appear, 408th most games played, 271st most goals kicked

Barry Mitchell was an abundantly talented rover who made light of an apparent lack of pace to be one of the highest possession gatherers in the V/AFL. His ground skills were exceptional, and there were few hardier players. His use of the ball, once he obtained it, was first rate, and he was extremely dangerous near goal. Between 1984 and 1992 he played 170 games for Sydney, kicking 214 goals. His best season was 1991 when he won the Swans' best and fairest award and was selected in the AFL All Australian team.

In 1993, Mitchell was traded to Collingwood in a big money deal, but failed to find his best form. After 13 games and eight goals he was on the move again, this time to Carlton, where from 1994 to 1996 he added a final 38 games and 25 goals, without ever really recapturing the consistently high level of performance he had shown with the Swans.

In October 2007 Barry Mitchell was appointed to the senior coaching post at VFL club Box Hill. At the end of 2008 he joined Fremantle's coaching panel, which he was a part of until the end of 2011.

Author - John Devaney


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