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Key Facts

Full name
Michael Gayfer

Known as
Mick Gayfer

17 August 1965 (age 58)

Age at first & last AFL game
First game: 20y 224d
Last game: 27y 347d

Height and weight
Height: 186 cm
Weight: 90 kg

Senior clubs

Jumper numbers
Collingwood: 51, 3

Mick Gayfer

ClubLeagueCareer spanGamesGoalsAvgWin %AKIAHBAMKBV

AFL: 9,663rd player to appear, 1,453rd most games played, 9,422nd most goals kickedCollingwood: 873rd player to appear, 116th most games played, 847th most goals kicked

A tough, resolute defender who gave his opponents very little leeway Michael Gayfer was an underrated member of Collingwood's 1990 premiership side. The Magpies recruited him from Caulfield in the VFA and he went on to play 142 V/AFL games between 1986 and 1993. His ultra-defensive mindset can readily be inferred from the fact that he only kicked one goal in his entire V/AFL career.

A fitness fanatic, Gayfer could be relied upon to  be among the best prepared Collingwood footballers on match days. He summarised his career thus: “I understand I was never the most naturally talented player, in terms of skills or speed or that sort of thing. I had to work pretty hard to get the most out of my career, so I’m pretty happy with everything I achieved.”[1] His relentlessly aggressive approach made him something of a cult figure at Victoria Park and his team mates had a saying which summed up the esteem in which he was held - “No one is safer than Micky Gayfer.”[2]

Author - John Devaney



2. Ibid.


Encyclopedia of AFL Footballers by Russell Holmesby & Jim Main;


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