Mark Alan Bickley (born 4 August 1969) is a former professional Australian rules footballer who played for the Adelaide Football Club in the Australian Football League (AFL). Bickley was a player for the Crows from 1991 until 2003, captaining the team to both the 1997 and 1998 AFL premierships. He was a media commentator, most notably with Channel 9 in Adelaide as their sports presenter. In 2011 he had a brief coaching career as caretaker coach of the Crows after the retirement of Neil Craig.
|Full name||Mark Alan Bickley|
|Date of birth||4 August 1969|
|Place of birth||Port Pirie, South Australia|
|Original team(s)||Solomontown Football Club|
|Height||178 cm (5 ft 10 in)|
|Weight||82 kg (181 lb)|
|1989–1991||South Adelaide||53 (43)|
|Representative team honours|
|South Australia||7 (?)|
|International team honours|
1 Playing statistics correct to the end of 2003.
3 Coaching statistics correct as of 2011.
|Sources: AFL Tables, AustralianFootball.com|
Recruited from South Australian National Football League (SANFL) club South Adelaide, Bickley made his AFL debut in 1991 against Essendon at Windy Hill, as an inaugural member of the Adelaide Crows squad. In 1997 he was appointed captain of the Adelaide Football Club, and captained the 1997 and 1998 premiership sides.
After retiring from the AFL in 2004, he began presenting the weekend sports report on Nine News Adelaide alongside Georgina McGuinness, and in 2004 he became a panellist on the Nine Network's Sunday Footy Show.
In 2009, Bickley became an assistant coach at the Crows, thus ending his career on the Sunday Footy Show and Nine News.
In 2011, Bickley took over as caretaker coach at Adelaide after Neil Craig stepped down at the end of Round 18. His reign as Adelaide coach began with a convincing win over Port Adelaide in Showdown XXXI. It was just their fifth win of the season, and their second since the end of April. This was followed up with a narrow 5-point victory over the Brisbane Lions at the Gabba in Round 20, for the Crows' first win outside of Adelaide this season. Overall, Bickley has coached Adelaide for three wins and three losses, the last of those a 96-point loss to West Coast.
In November 2014 Mark Bickley joined the 5AA talk radio station as a co-host of the top rating weeknight sports show.
|Totals||Averages (per game)|
- Holmesby, Russell; Main, Jim (2003). The Encyclopedia of AFL Footballers: every AFL/VFL player since 1897 (5th ed.). Melbourne, Victoria: Crown Content. p. 52–53. ISBN 1-74095-032-1.
- Bickley opens with Showdown win | AFL | Fox Sports
- Mark Bickley's player profile at AFL Tables