Australian Football Celebrating the history of the great Australian game


Key Facts

Full name
Michael Pickering

Known as
Michael Pickering

30 November 1963 (age 58)

Age at first & last AFL game
First game: 20y 122d
Last game: 29y 159d

Height and weight
Height: 187 cm
Weight: 80 kg

Senior clubs
Richmond; Melbourne

Jumper numbers
Richmond: 35
Melbourne: 35

Recruited from
Richmond (1992)

Family links
Justin Pickering (Brother)

Michael Pickering

ClubLeagueCareer spanGamesGoalsAvgWin %AKIAHBAMKBV

AFL: 9,489th player to appear, 1,246th most games played, 509th most goals kickedRichmond: 853rd player to appear, 82nd most games played, 36th most goals kickedMelbourne: 1,130th player to appear, 673rd most games played, 399th most goals kicked

Michael Pickering produced some excellent football for Richmond between 1984 and 1991 during which he played 136 games and kicked 160 goals. His greatest asset was his superb high marking which sometimes required him to show great courage. Although not the quickest of players he covered a lot of ground during a match and relished being in the thick of the action. Moreover, he boasted good evasive skills. He won the Tigers’ best and fairest award in 1988, ran second in 1987 and third in 1985.

In 1991 he fell out of favour at Punt Road and crossed to Melbourne where he added a final 15 AFL games and kicked 12 goals over the course of two injury-affected seasons. His last game in a Demons jumper was the 1993 reserves grand final which Melbourne won.

Author - John Devaney


Encyclopedia of AFL Footballers by Russell Holmesby & Jim Main;


* Behinds calculated from the 1965 season on.
+ Score at the end of extra time.