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Key Facts

Full name
Michael Malthouse

Known as
Mick Malthouse

17 August 1953 (age 70)

Place of birth
Ballarat, VIC (3350)

Age at first & last AFL game
First game: 18y 333d
Last game: 29y 284d

Height and weight
Height: 180 cm
Weight: 76 kg

Senior clubs
St. Kilda; Richmond

Jumper numbers
St. Kilda: 44, 37, 32, 22
Richmond: 22, 28, 7

Recruited from
St. Kilda (1976)

State of origin

Mick Malthouse

ClubLeagueCareer spanGamesGoalsAvgWin %AKIAHBAMKBV
St. KildaV/AFL1972-19765350.0945%8.021.901.730

AFL: 8,492nd player to appear, 929th most games played, 4,274th most goals kickedSt. Kilda: 1,167th player to appear, 293rd most games played, 607th most goals kickedRichmond: 781st player to appear, 108th most games played, 401st most goals kicked

Mick Malthouse was a tough, resolute defender who might be said to have made the most of his abilities in a 174 game league career with two clubs. St Kilda recruited him from North Ballarat but he never really ignited in 53 VFL games between 1972 and 1976, and ended up moving to Richmond. With the Tigers he really came into his own, stamping himself as a top quality backman in 121 VFL games between 1976 and 1983, including the triumphant 1980 grand final when the Tigers demolished Collingwood.

As a coach, however, Mick Malthouse achieved even greater notoriety, including masterminding AFL premierships at West Coast in 1992 and 1994, and Collingwood in 2010. By contrast, his three season (2013-15) stint in charge of Carlton was frankly inglorious, but there is little doubt that overall he will be remembered and celebrated as one of the truly great figures in the history of the game.

Author - John Devaney


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