Australian Football Celebrating the history of the great Australian game


Key Facts

Full name
Michael Werner

Known as
Michael Werner

10 June 1969 (age 54)

Age at first & last AFL game
First game: 19y 331d
Last game: 25y 9d

Height and weight
Height: 188 cm
Weight: 88 kg

Senior clubs
West Torrens; Essendon; Sydney

Jumper numbers
Essendon: 24
Sydney: 9

Recruited from
Essendon (1993)

Michael Werner

ClubLeagueCareer spanGamesGoalsAvgWin %AKIAHBAMKBV
West TorrensSANFL198816432.69

AFL: 10,033rd player to appear, 3,814th most games played, 1,362nd most goals kickedEssendon: 951st player to appear, 403rd most games played, 148th most goals kickedSydney: 1,236th player to appear, 588th most games played, 324th most goals kicked

Canberra-born Michael Werner commenced his senior football career with ACTAFL club Manuka Weston before progressing to West Torrens in the SANFL in 1988. Playing at full forward, he had a good year with the struggling Eagles, and was their top goal kicker with 38 goals. Prior to the start of the 1988 season he had represented the ACT at the Adelaide bicentennial carnival.

The 1989 season saw Werner moving to VFL club Essendon where he would experience mixed fortunes over the course of a four season stint which saw him play 40 games and score 60 goals. His best season was 1990 when he kicked 27 goals but then missed participation in the Dons’ finals campaign which saw them reach the grand final. After the 1992 season he was traded to Sydney where he played 20 games and booted 20 goals in 1993-4.

Werner later played for Gisborne in the Riddell District Football League and in 1997 he amassed a competition record tally of 173 goals.

Author - John Devaney


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