Michael Thomson (footballer)

Michael Thomson (born 26 November 1961) is a former Australian rules footballer who played with Essendon and Richmond in the Victorian/Australian Football League (VFL/AFL).

Michael Thomson
Personal information
Full name Michael Thomson
Date of birth (1961-11-26) 26 November 1961
Original team(s) Aberfeldie
Height 187 cm (6 ft 2 in)
Weight 86 kg (190 lb)
Playing career1
Years Club Games (Goals)
1981–1986 Essendon 46 (31)
1987–1990 Richmond 42 (15)
Total 88 (46)
1 Playing statistics correct to the end of 1990.
Sources: AFL Tables, AustralianFootball.com

Recruited locally, Thomson's career at Essendon coincided one of the club's most successful decades and as a result he found it difficult to command regular selection. He played ten games in 1981, his first season, which included an elimination final. In the opening round of the 1982 season he kicked five goals against Footscray but made just two further appearances that year. He participated in the Essendon reserves premiership in 1983 and put in some good performances in the seniors, including having 42 disposals and kicking three goals in a win over St Kilda. In 1984 he didn't play a single game and a shoulder injury restricted him to just six appearance in 1985, missing out on both of Essendon's premierships.[1]

Thomson, a utility, was used mostly in the back pocket and as a wingman over the course of his career.[2] He was granted a clearance to Richmond in 1987 and was a regular fixture in the team that year, averaging 18 disposals. After adding a 24 more games to his tally over the next three season, Thomson left Richmond.[3]

He is the former husband of radio personality Brigitte Duclos.[4]


  1. "Thomson, Michael". Essendon Football Club official website. Archived from the original on 26 March 2012.
  2. Holmesby, Russell; Main, Jim (2007). The Encyclopedia Of AFL Footballers. BAS Publishing. ISBN 978-1-920910-78-5.
  3. "Michael Thomson". AFL Tables.
  4. Herald Sun, "Radio star tells of marriage split ", 2 December 2007. Sam Stynes.
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