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Key Facts

Full name
Michael McKenna

Known as
Michael McKenna

4 April 1961 (age 61)

Age at first & last AFL game
First game: 18y 115d
Last game: 24y 149d

Height and weight
Height: 171 cm
Weight: 71 kg

Senior clubs
Footscray; Richmond

Jumper numbers
Footscray: 34
Richmond: 30

Recruited from
Footscray (1985)

Michael McKenna

ClubLeagueCareer spanGamesGoalsAvgWin %AKIAHBAMKBV

AFL: 9,109th player to appear, 2,334th most games played, 1,892nd most goals kickedFootscray: 685th player to appear, 162nd most games played, 140th most goals kickedRichmond: 866th player to appear, 493rd most games played, 398th most goals kicked

After commencing his senior football career at Beaconsfield, where he won a club best and fairest award in 1978, Michael McKenna joined Footscray the following year. Aggressive and tough, he excelled at gaining possession under duress. He was also skilful, pacy and resolute, traits which perfectly equipped him to function as a tagger, which is the role he most commonly adopted.

Between 1979 and 1984 he played 80 VFL games and booted 45 goals for Footscray. The 1985 season found him at Richmond where he played all 22 games for the year and kicked 10 goals. He then retired from football while arguably at his peak as a player in order to focus on academic pursuits.

Author - John Devaney


Encyclopedia of AFL Footballers by Russell Holmesby & Jim Main; Wikipedia article;


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