Stephen Michael

Stephen Albert Michael (born 15 March 1956) in Kojonup, Western Australia is a former Australian rules footballer.

Stephen Michael
Personal information
Full name Stephen Albert Michael
Date of birth (1956-03-15) 15 March 1956
Original team(s) Kojonup
Height 188 cm (6 ft 2 in)
Weight 90 kg (198 lb)
Position(s) Ruckman
Playing career1
Years Club Games (Goals)
1975–1985 South Fremantle 243 (231)
1 Playing statistics correct to the end of 1985.
Career highlights

Playing career

A Noongar Australian Aborigine, Michael played in the WAFL between 1975 and 1985 with the South Fremantle Football Club, playing 243 games and kicking 231 goals. He played in South's 1980 premiership side and was appointed captain in 1983. He holds the WAFL record for the most consecutive league games with 217. Throughout his career, Michael resisted numerous advances by VFL clubs to move east and is often listed as one of the best players to never play in the VFL.[1]

He was a strong, high leaping ruckman who won the Sandover Medal in 1980 and 1981. His 37 votes in 1981 (with nine best-on-grounds and receiving votes in 15 of the 21 games played) was a record tally under the 3-2-1 voting system in place at the time. He represented Western Australia in State or State of Origin football on 17 occasions, captaining the side 3 times. In 1983 he won the Simpson Medal for the best player in the WA vs SA game and the Tassie Medal as the best player in Australia in State of Origin football and was named captain in the 1983 All-Australian Team.[2] He won the South Fremantle's fairest and best in 1977, 1978, 1979, 1981 and 1983.


In 1995 he was named as an inaugural member of the Fremantle Football Hall of Legends. In 1999, he was inducted into the Australian Football Hall of Fame.[3] In 2005 he was named at Centre Half Forward in the Australian Football Indigenous Team of the Century[4][5] and in 2009 he was named in the ruck and captain of the South Fremantle Football Club's Indigenous Team of the Century.[6] In 2008, as part of the annual NAIDOC game between South Fremantle and Claremont, the Chris Lewis/Stephen Michael Award was presented to Andrew Browne for being the best player in the match.[7]


Michael was a regular guest of the Marngrook Footy Show, broadcast on Melbourne Radio.[8]

Personal life

His son, Clem Michael, also played Australian rules football for South Fremantle Football Club (including the 1997 premiership side) and Fremantle Football Club. Clem's career was cut short by a knee injury. Michael also has two daughters and another four sons.[9]


  1. "WA Football Hall of Fame Inductee: Stephen Albert Michael".
  2. East, A (2006); p 315
  3. Australian Football Hall of Fame - Players
  4. Timms, Aaron (2 August 2005) Honours for O'Loughlin, Goodes give the Swans timely boost
  5. Team for the Ages
  6. Wilson, Ray (3 July 2009) Bulldogs top of the talent tree Archived 29 April 2009 at the Wayback Machine
  7. WAFL Wrap
  8. "About Marngrook Footy Show". Marngrook Footy Show. Australian Broadcasting Corporation. Retrieved 7 July 2011.
  9. East, A (2006); p 318


  • East, Alan; Pike, Chris; Lewis, Tracey; Stocks, Gary; Waddell, Joel (September 2006). Alan East (ed.). The Sandover Medal Men. Alan East. pp. 313–318. ISBN 0-9775813-0-6.
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