Mark Bickley was one of the greatest players to have ever played for the Adelaide Crows in the Australian Football League (AFL). Bickley began his career at the crows in 1991 and played until 2003 for a total of 272 games. Appointed club captain in 1997, he led his side to their first premiership that same year after a famous Grand Final victory over St Kilda. He followed this up in 1998, leading the Crows to back-to-back premierships after defeating North Melbourne.

Chunky and compact in build at 178cm and 82kg, Bickley was never the most polished or overtly eye-catching of performers, but he always provided 100% commitment. Bickley played much of his football across half back, but would offten see himself short stints in the midfield. With his courage, strong tackling and excellent team sense he was always the Club’s most consistent performers.

In 2007 he was inducted into the SA Football Hall of Fame and then the Australian Football Hall of Fame in 2009.

Playing Career

1991 – 2003 Adelaide

Games

272

Goals

77

Playing Honours

  • 2x AFL Premiership player (1997, 1998)
  • 2x AFL Premiership Captain (1997, 1998)
  • Adelaide Captain 1997-2000
  • 3x Adelaide Football Club Best Team Man (1992, 1993, 2000)
  • Adelaide Football Club Life Member
  • Adelaide Team of the Decade – Back Pocket
  • South Australian Football Hall of Fame
  • Australian Football League Life Member


Coaching Career

2011 Adelaide

Games Coached

6

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