Mark Athorn

Mark Athorn (born 7 November 1967) is a former Australian rules footballer who played with Footscray, Fitzroy, Sydney and Carlton in the Australian Football League (AFL).

Mark Athorn
Personal information
Full name Mark Athorn
Date of birth (1967-11-07) 7 November 1967
Original team(s) East Keilor
Height 178 cm (5 ft 10 in)
Weight 76 kg (168 lb)
Position(s) Defender
Playing career1
Years Club Games (Goals)
19871989 Footscray 17 0(4)
1990 Fitzroy 21 0(0)
1991 Sydney 15 0(7)
19921993 Carlton 30 0(6)
Total 83 (17)
1 Playing statistics correct to the end of 1993.
Sources: AFL Tables,

A defender, Athorn was used mostly in the back pocket but could also play as a tagger. After being recruited from East Keilor he started his league career at Footscray and played three seasons for the Bulldogs. He then spent a season each at Fitzroy and Sydney before crossing to his fourth and final club Carlton.

Although he spent most of the 1993 season in the reserves, where he was Carlton's 'Best and fairest' winner, Athorn played in the 1993 AFL Grand Final. He was given the task of tagging Michael Long who won the Norm Smith Medal. It was Athorn's last game of league football.


  • Mark Athorn's playing statistics from AFL Tables
  • Holmesby, Russell and Main, Jim (2007). The Encyclopedia of AFL Footballers. 7th ed. Melbourne: Bas Publishing.
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