Michael Barry Christian
21 August 1964 (age 59)
Age at first & last AFL game
First game: 22y 219d
Last game: 30y 343d
Height and weight
Height: 191 cm
Weight: 96 kg
East Perth (1987)
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Michael Christian was a strong marking and dynamic key position player who commenced his league career with 82 games for East Perth between 1981 and 1986. In 1985 he allegedly signed for Claremont, but the contract was disputed and never formally ratified, and he remained with the Royals.
In 1987 he joined Collingwood where he added another 131 senior games over the course of the next decade, including the famed 1990 Grand Final win over Essendon. Much of his best football was played in the backlines, but he could also do a job up forward when required. Michael Christian represented Western Australia three times.
Since retiring as a player Christian has achieved success as a sports journalist and football commentator and, more recently, he took on the role of sole adjudicator for the AFL's Match Review Panel.
Author - John Devaney with additional material from Adam Cardosi