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Key Facts

Full name
Michael Conlan

Known as
Mick Conlan

Born
20 February 1958 (age 64)

Place of birth
Devonport, TAS (7310)

Age at first & last AFL game
First game: 19y 160d
Last game: 31y 145d

Height and weight
Height: 178 cm
Weight: 85 kg

Senior clubs
Fitzroy

Jumper numbers
Fitzroy: 12

State of origin
TAS

Family links
Neil Conlan (Father)

Mick Conlan

ClubLeagueCareer spanGamesGoalsAvgWin %AKIAHBAMKBV
FitzroyV/AFL1977-19892103951.8849%10.722.582.7316
Total1977-19892103951.8849%10.722.582.7316

AFL: 8,940th player to appear, 536th most games played, 104th most goals kickedFitzroy: 946th player to appear, 11th most games played, 7th most goals kicked

Michael Conlan was brought up in Tasmania before moving to Canberra when his father Neil, himself a former footballer of note, was appointed coach of Manuka, which was the club for which Michael first played senior footy, and where he came to the attention of Fitzroy. Recruited by the Lions he made his senior VFL debut in 1977 and had played 210 games and kicked 395 goals by the time he retired in 1989. Of robust build, he was a relentlessly hard running, all-action type who greatly endeared himself to the Fitzroy supporters who loved nothing better than seeing him explode through packs of players and kick vital goals. Most of his football was played as a half forward flanker but he could also take a run on the ball or hold down centre. 

Despite being a proud Tasmanian Mick Conlan somehow managed to play state of origin football for Victoria (4 times) and the ACT but never for his home state. After departing the VFL scene he captain-coached VFA club Sandringham for a time.

Author - John Devaney

Sources

Full Points Publications

Footnotes

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