Marc Batchelor

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Marc Batchelor
Personal information
Date of birth 4 January 1970
Place of birth Johannesburg, South Africa
Date of death 15 July 2019(2019-07-15) (aged 49)
Place of death Olivedale, South Africa
Playing position Striker
Youth career
Balfour Park
Berea Park
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1990–1992 Dynamos 62 (25)
1992–1994 Bidvest Wits
1994–1996 Orlando Pirates
1996–1997 SuperSport United 33 (7)
1997–2000 Kaizer Chiefs
2000–2001 Mamelodi Sundowns
2001–2003 Moroka Swallows 24 (10)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only

Marc Batchelor (4 January 1970 – 15 July 2019) was a South African professional footballer who played as a striker.


Born in Johannesburg on 4 January 1970,[1] Batchelor spent his early career with Wanderers, Balfour Park, Berea Park and Defence.[2] He joined Dynamos in 1990, and later played for Bidvest Wits, Orlando Pirates, SuperSport United, Kaizer Chiefs, Mamelodi Sundowns and Moroka Swallows.[2]

He won four major trophies with Orlando Pirates,[2] including the 1995 African Cup of Champions Clubs.[3]

Later life and death[edit]

After retiring from professional football in 2003, Batchelor worked as a television pundit. However, he was fired in 2007 after a fight in a restaurant.[4]

In 2014 Batchelor was a witness in the trial of Oscar Pistorius.[5]

He was murdered outside his home in Olivedale on 15 July 2019.[2][3][4][6]


  1. ^ "'Man-mountain of a striker' was larger than life". The Citizen (Gauteng).
  2. ^ a b c d "Marc Batchelor - Soweto Derby legend |".
  3. ^ a b "Tributes pour in for slain ex-footballer Marc Batchelor". Sport. 16 July 2019.
  4. ^ a b "Marc Batchelor: South African former footballer shot dead". 16 July 2019 – via
  5. ^ Culpepper, Chuck (10 March 2014). "A key witness may address Oscar Pistorius and fidelity" – via
  6. ^ "Orlando Pirates mourns their former player Marc Batchelor". TimesLIVE.