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Mark Bickley : biography

4 August 1969 -

Mark Alan Bickley (born 4 August 1969 in Port Pirie, South Australia) is a former Australian rules football player with the Adelaide Crows in the Australian Football League (AFL). Bickley was a player for the Crows from 1991 until 2003, captaining the team to both the 1997 and 1998 AFL premierships. He was a media commentator, most notably with Channel 9 in Adelaide as their sports presenter. In 2011 he had a brief coaching career as caretaker coach of the Crows after the retirement of Neil Craig.


Recruited from South Australian National Football League (SANFL) club South Adelaide, Bickley made his AFL debut in 1991 against at Windy Hill, as an inaugural member of the Adelaide Crows squad. In 1997 he was appointed captain of the Adelaide Football Club, and captained the 1997 and 1998 premiership sides.

After retiring from the AFL in 2004, he began presenting the weekend sports report on Nine News Adelaide alongside Georgina McGuinness, and in 2004 he became a panellist on the Nine Network's Sunday Footy Show.

In 2009, Bickley became an assistant coach at the Crows, thus ending his career on the Sunday Footy Show and Nine News.

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