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Key Facts

Full name
Michael Thomson

Known as
Michael Thomson

26 November 1961 (age 62)

Age at first & last AFL game
First game: 19y 145d
Last game: 28y 131d

Height and weight
Height: 187 cm
Weight: 86 kg

Senior clubs
Essendon; Richmond

Jumper numbers
Essendon: 34
Richmond: 15

Recruited from
Essendon (1987)

Michael Thomson

ClubLeagueCareer spanGamesGoalsAvgWin %AKIAHBAMKBV
EssendonV/AFL1981-1983, 1985-198646310.6761%
V/AFL1981-1983, 1985-199088460.5243%8.845.902.501
Total1981-1983, 1985-199088460.5243%8.845.902.501

AFL: 9,245th player to appear, 2,764th most games played, 2,178th most goals kickedEssendon: 884th player to appear, 370th most games played, 253rd most goals kickedRichmond: 891st player to appear, 345th most games played, 338th most goals kicked

From Aberfeldie, sturdily built Michael Thomson was a handy player who, like so many, had his aspirations cruelly undermined by injury. Moreover, at his first club, Essendon, he had the unenviable task of trying to hold down a place in arguably the strongest club football team to have existed up to that point. One thing he had in his favour was versatility; he could play almost anywhere, although tended to be used most often either on a wing or in a back pocket. Nevertheless, principally because of the two factors already mentioned, his time with the Bombers, which ran from 1981 to 1986, saw him play just 46 VFL games and score 31 goals. When Essendon reached three successive grand finals in the mid-1980s one name missing from every team sheet was that of Michael Thomson. He did, however, taste premiership success with the Dons reserves in 1983, an achievement which doubtless will have afforded scant consolation.

His time with Richmond, which began in 1987 and ended in 1990, was marginally more fruitful. In his first season he managed a career high 18 appearances, and all told played 42 games for the Tigers and kicked 15 goals. Many of his appearances in the black and yellow saw him lining up at full back, where his upper body strength and effective spoiling were very much to the fore.

Author - John Devaney


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