Michael Mitchell
Personal information
Date of birth (1961-11-25) 25 November 1961 (age 60)
Original team(s) Carnarvon Juniors / Claremont (WAFL)
Height 173 cm (5 ft 8 in)
Weight 66 kg (146 lb)
Playing career1
Years Club Games (Goals)
1987–1991 Richmond 81 (103)
1 Playing statistics correct to the end of 1991.
Career highlights
Sources: AFL Tables, AustralianFootball.com

Michael Mitchell (born 25 November 1961) is an Indigenous former Australian rules footballer for the Claremont Football Club in the West Australian Football League (WAFL) and the Richmond Football Club in the VFL/AFL.

Mitchell was originally from Carnarvon, Western Australia (WA).

Playing career


Mitchell began his senior career with Claremont Football Club in the West Australian Football League. He won the Sandover Medal in 1984 before achieving All-Australian selection in 1985 and 1986.[1][2]


In May 1986 he signed a three–year contract with Richmond in the Victorian Football League beginning from the 1987 VFL season.[3] He was regarded as one of the most exciting footballers in the VFL of the late 1980s and early 1990s, albeit during poor seasons for Richmond as a club. His play featured pace and a high leap.

In 1990, Mitchell achieved both Mark of the Year and Goal of The Year awards in the same year, becoming only the second player in the history of the competition to do so.

A lightly built player, Mitchell was, however, known as a strong tackler and for his ability to chase down opponents. His career was cut short by several head injuries and concussions sustained during his later playing years.


At the end of his AFL career, Mitchell returned to Western Australia.


  1. ^ "Sandover Medallist". WAFL Online. West Australian Football Commission. Archived from the original on 2 February 2019. Retrieved 12 August 2011.
  2. ^ "ALL AUSTRALIAN TEAMS 1953 TO 1988". Full Points Footy. Full Points Publications. Archived from the original on 20 November 2005. Retrieved 12 August 2011.
  3. ^ Linnell, Gary (7 May 1986). "Richardson a Bomber; Rioli may go west". The Age. Retrieved 12 August 2011.