Michael Patterson

Date of Birth: 07/01/1941
Height: 193 cm ( 6-4 )
Weight: 96 kg ( 15-1 )
Guernsey: 25
Debut: 27/06/1959, Round 9, Fitzroy
Last Game: 23/08/1969, Round 19, Carlton

Seasons: 1959-69
Total Games: 152
Total Goals: 73

Honours: Premiership 1967, Victorian Representative Team 1967 Games 1.


Seasons: 1959-61, 1964-67, 1969
Total Games: 43
Total Goals: 13

Honours: Best & Fairest 1966, Equal Best & Fairest 1969.

Michael was a ruckman who had the nickname of “Swamp Fox”. He was a strong high mark and very willing competitor. Originally recruited from Mirboo North, he overcame some inconsistent form during the early part of his career to develop into a dependable player. He carried the bulk of the ruck work during the 1967 Grand Final after Neville Crowe’s suspension. During that Grand Final, he performed very well against Geelong Great “Polly” Farmer. He also had the honour of kicking the winning goal in Richmond’s only night Premiership win, in 1962. He was a great protector of his smaller teammates and a fine clubman. He benefited greatly from rucking with dual “Brownlow Medallist” Roy Wright, during his debut season. Michael represented Victoria once in 1967. He was awarded Life Membership in 1966 and was senior vice captain in 1969. He is one of only five players to win dual Best and Fairest awards with the Richmond Reserves, winning the award in 1966 and tying in 1969.
He played with Richmond for eleven seasons before moving to North Adelaide as coach, in 1970. He coached them for eight seasons, winning back-to-back Premierships in 1971 and 1972 and narrowly missing out to Glenelg in 1973. North Adelaide also won the Australian Championship in 1972. He returned to Melbourne and Coached St.Kilda from 1978 until he was replaced by Alex Jesulenko after Round 2 of 1980. He then coached Frankston for three years before returning to Richmond as Senior coach in 1984. Michael now lives on the Mornington Peninsula.

Mirboo North 1956-58 ( Honours - Premiership 1956-58 ).

North Adelaide 1970-77, Games 50, Goals 49 ( Honours - Premiership 1971-72, Ausralian Champions 1972 , Captain/ Coach 1970-72, Coach 1973-77 ) ; St Kilda Coach 1978-Part 1980 ; Frankston Senior Coach 1981-83.

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