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Eichner, Michael John

Preferred Name: Michael
Born: 16 July 1951
Deceased: 27 April 2018
Competition Total Games Total Goals
League 58 30
Other 2 1
Total 60 31

In 1967 the Woodville Football Club immediately saw the talent of this good looking sixteen year old when playing for Edithburgh and signed him for two years. However, Michael had only one football intention and that was to play for the same club as his hero, Barrie Robran, and two years later he joined the Roosters.

Ironically in his first league match in 1971 he replaced the injured club legend at centre. One person who saw Michael play even observed that “this boy moves at bit like Barrie Robran”. That year he topped NAFC voting in the Seconds Magarey Medal (repeated in 1973) and represented SA in a State Seconds team in Broken Hill.

However, the transition to the league ranks had not been easy and he had to spend time in the Seconds alongside the likes of Neil Sachse, Arch Wilkey and Barry Stringer – such was the talent around at that time.

Michael’s ambition of playing in a Grand Final for the Roosters was never realised as a series of nagging injuries limited him to 50 Reserves and 50 League matches over his career. He gained selection in the Champions of Australia squad in 1972 but did not take the field. However, he did represent that team, at centre, when it played a combine ACT team in Canberra.

Time on the sidelines saw Michael attending many local and country coaching clinics, often alongside his abovementioned hero.

Injuries and a busy career eventually saw Michael “hang up the boots” in 1977 at the age of 26.

Apart from football, Michael loved horse-riding, tennis, squash and pistol shooting. It was therefore no surprise that in 1968 he commenced a highly successful career outside football with SAPOL.  He rose through the ranks to the Major Crime Investigation Section and eventually was seconded to the prestigious National Crime Authority in 1986.

Often seen in the media, Michael’s work was ultimately rewarded with the Australian Police Medal (APM), for distinguished service by a member of an Australian police force. It was said that:

“Subordinates, peers and managers regarded Michael as an investigator and leader of the highest calibre. His personal standards manifested themselves in the quality of every aspect of his work and extended to families of victims.”

Michael passed away at 66 years of age in 2018

Games (Select a game to view)

Date Opponent Result Goals
22/05/1971 South Adelaide Won 0
29/05/1971 Sturt Won 0
05/06/1971 Central District Won 0
12/06/1971 Woodville Lost 0
11/09/1971 Port Adelaide Won 0
09/10/1971 Claremont Lost 0
11/10/1971 East Perth Lost 1
06/05/1972 Central District Lost 0
13/05/1972 South Adelaide Won 1
20/05/1972 West Torrens Won 0
27/05/1972 West Adelaide Won 0
03/06/1972 Glenelg Won 2
12/06/1972 Sturt Won 1
24/06/1972 Norwood Lost 0
21/04/1973 Woodville Won 0
25/04/1973 Port Adelaide Lost 0
19/05/1973 Sturt Lost 0
07/07/1973 Port Adelaide Lost 0
25/05/1974 West Adelaide Won 0
01/06/1974 Norwood Lost 0
08/06/1974 West Torrens Won 0
17/06/1974 Sturt Lost 1
22/06/1974 Woodville Lost 0
29/06/1974 Glenelg Lost 2
13/07/1974 South Adelaide Won 2
27/07/1974 West Adelaide Lost 2
03/08/1974 Norwood Won 1
10/08/1974 Glenelg Lost 1
17/08/1974 Central District Lost 1
24/08/1974 Norwood Lost 1
31/08/1974 Sturt Lost 0
05/04/1975 South Adelaide Won 0
12/04/1975 West Adelaide Lost 0
19/04/1975 Central District Lost 0
10/05/1975 Port Adelaide Lost 0
24/05/1975 Glenelg Lost 0
12/07/1975 Central District Won 0
19/07/1975 West Torrens Won 4
02/08/1975 Norwood Lost 0
09/08/1975 Port Adelaide Lost 0
24/04/1976 West Torrens Won 0
19/06/1976 Norwood Lost 0
26/06/1976 West Adelaide Lost 0
03/07/1976 Glenelg Lost 2
10/07/1976 West Torrens Won 1
17/07/1976 Port Adelaide Lost 0
24/07/1976 Central District Lost 0
31/07/1976 Sturt Lost 1
14/05/1977 Port Adelaide Lost 1
28/05/1977 South Adelaide Lost 0
04/06/1977 Central District Draw 0
11/06/1977 West Torrens Won 1
18/06/1977 Woodville Won 0
16/07/1977 Port Adelaide Lost 0
23/07/1977 South Adelaide Lost 1
30/07/1977 Sturt Won 1
06/08/1977 West Adelaide Lost 2
13/08/1977 South Adelaide Lost 0
20/08/1977 West Torrens Lost 0
27/08/1977 Woodville Lost 1

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