Mike Fitzpatrick (footballer)
|Full name||Michael Fitzpatrick|
|Date of birth||28 January 1953|
|Height/Weight||192 cm / 98 kg|
|Representative team honours|
|??–??||Western Australia||11 (7)|
1 Playing statistics correct to the end of 1983.
2 State and international statistics correct as of ??.
Michael "Mike" Fitzpatrick (born 28 January 1953) is an Australian businessman, sporting administrator and former Australian rules footballer.
He made his debut in the West Australian National Football League with Subiaco in 1970 and in 1973 was a member of Subiaco's first premiership in 49 years and won his first of two consecutive best and fairest awards. He mainly played the key position of ruckman.
He managed to combine his football with engineering studies at the University of Western Australia and in 1975 he was awarded a two-year Rhodes Scholarship to attend St. John's College Oxford, where he was involved in the Oxford University Australian Rules Football Club. He also signed to play with the Carlton Football Club in the then Victorian Football League, but only managed a handful of games in these years. However, by 1979 he was fully committed to football and managed to win the Carlton best and fairest award in a premiership year. He was then named captain of Carlton in 1980 and led The Blues to consecutive premierships in 1981 and 1982.
He represented both Western Australia and Victoria in state representative football and was captain of the 1982 VFL Team of the Year.
At the end of the 1983 season he surprisingly retired from football and established a career working as an adviser in the John Cain government's Victorian Treasury Department.
He is a current board member of the:
Among other positions held he:
- was previously a director of Telstra, Australian Infrastructure Fund Limited and Pacific Hydro.
- was a former chairman of the Australian Sports Commission.
- was chairman of the Victorian Funds Management Corporation and Treasury Group Ltd.
- was a director of several of Hastings' Managed Investments.
The AFL Players Association each year awards several AFLPA Mike Fitzpatrick Scholarships to assist young football players financially to achieve excellence in both the education and football fields.
- Mike Fitzpatrick's statistics from AFL Tables