<< Go back to previous page

Parsons, Michael Wayne

Preferred Name: Michael
Born: 3 October 1960
Deceased: 24 April 2009
Competition Total Games Total Goals
League 137 187
Other 21 9
Total 158 196

Born on 3 October 1960 in Tasmania, Michael Parsons played some football as a child but chose to continue with a very promising basketball career.  He was originally chosen in the Australian squad for the 1984 Olympic Games but was cut a year out from the Games.  The disappointment of missing out on selection lead him to discuss a return to football with some mates and this conversation was overheard by North Adelaide senior coach, Michael Nunan.  Nunan immediately approached Parsons to entice him to try out with North and was successful.  He was an immediate success, playing only one reserves game before being elevated to the league team.

 A giant of a man at 203 cm, Parsons partnered Michael Redden in ruck for North and the two formed a formidable combination.  They were a crucial part of North's revival through the mid-1980s, playing in three grand finals from 1985 to 1987.  Parsons’ effort in North Adelaide's glorious 1987 premiership where he played tough uncompromising football and kicked six goals was rewarded with the Jack Oatey medal for the best player on the ground.

 So dominant was he in that game that he was recruited by the Sydney Swans and played in the AFL in 1988, 1989 and part of 1990 before returning to North Adelaide part way through the 1990 season.  He teamed with Redden again in North's 1991 premiership team before retiring at the end of the 1992 season.  He played 158 games for North Adelaide and kicked 196 goals in his illustrious career.

Parsons originally trained as a teacher and taught for a few years before branching out to the business world.  For many years he was also part of the ABC television coverage of the SANFL primarily as the boundary rider, where his genial disposition enabled him to establish great rapport with players from all clubs.  However, his successful business career drew him to Sydney where he has lived and worked for the last few years.

 He returned to Adelaide in August 2007 to celebrate the 20th anniversary of the 1987 premiership with his teammates.  He was interviewed at the celebration dinner and it was very clear that he held vivid and fond memories of that triumph.  Equally clear was the enormous respect in which he was held by his teammates and the hundreds of members and supporters who gathered to honour the team that night.

Michael passed away at the much too young age of 48 having suffered a brain tumour, He is sadly missed by his many friends and colleagues at the North Adelaide Football Club.  

 

Games (Select a game to view)

Date Opponent Result Goals
16/07/1983 West Adelaide Lost 1
23/07/1983 Port Adelaide Won 0
30/07/1983 Sturt Lost 1
13/08/1983 South Adelaide Won 0
20/08/1983 Central District Lost 0
27/08/1983 West Torrens Won 0
03/09/1983 Woodville Won 0
10/09/1983 South Adelaide Won 1
17/09/1983 Sturt Lost 0
02/06/1984 West Adelaide Won 1
16/06/1984 Norwood Lost 1
23/06/1984 Central District Lost 0
30/06/1984 West Torrens Lost 3
06/07/1984 Woodville Won 0
14/07/1984 South Adelaide Won 2
21/07/1984 Port Adelaide Won 3
29/07/1984 Glenelg Lost 2
04/08/1984 West Adelaide Won 0
18/08/1984 Sturt Lost 0
25/08/1984 Norwood Lost 0
01/09/1984 Central District Lost 0
24/02/1985 West Torrens Lost 1
03/03/1985 Central District Won 0
10/03/1985 Glenelg Lost 0
24/03/1985 Woodville Won 0
06/04/1985 Central District Won 0
13/04/1985 West Torrens Won 2
20/04/1985 Norwood Won 3
25/04/1985 Woodville Won 0
04/05/1985 Port Adelaide Won 2
11/05/1985 West Adelaide Won 1
18/05/1985 Glenelg Won 1
25/05/1985 Sturt Won 2
01/06/1985 South Adelaide Won 1
10/06/1985 Central District Won 2
22/06/1985 West Torrens Won 1
29/06/1985 Norwood Lost 2
06/07/1985 Woodville Won 1
13/07/1985 Port Adelaide Won 2
20/07/1985 Sturt Lost 1
27/07/1985 South Adelaide Lost 2
03/08/1985 West Adelaide Lost 3
10/08/1985 Glenelg Lost 2
17/08/1985 Central District Lost 0
07/09/1985 Woodville Won 0
22/09/1985 Glenelg Lost 4
29/09/1985 West Adelaide Won 3
05/10/1985 Glenelg Lost 2
23/02/1986 Glenelg Lost 0
01/03/1986 Port Adelaide Won 2
07/03/1986 Woodville Won 1
14/03/1986 West Torrens Lost 0
23/03/1986 Central District Won 0
29/03/1986 West Adelaide Won 2
05/04/1986 West Torrens Lost 3
12/04/1986 Woodville Won 1
15/04/1986 Melbourne Won 1
19/04/1986 Central District Won 0
25/04/1986 Sturt Won 0
03/05/1986 South Adelaide Won 0
06/05/1986 Collingwood Won 1
19/05/1986 Glenelg Won 2
24/05/1986 Port Adelaide Won 1
31/05/1986 Norwood Lost 0
03/06/1986 Hawthorn Lost 1
07/06/1986 West Adelaide Won 0
14/06/1986 West Torrens Won 2
21/06/1986 Woodville Lost 0
28/06/1986 Central District Won 0
05/07/1986 Sturt Won 0
12/07/1986 South Adelaide Won 1
26/07/1986 Glenelg Lost 1
02/08/1986 Port Adelaide Lost 0
09/08/1986 Norwood Won 0
16/08/1986 West Adelaide Won 0
23/08/1986 West Torrens Won 0
30/08/1986 Woodville Lost 3
06/09/1986 Central District Won 3
20/09/1986 Glenelg Won 0
04/10/1986 Glenelg Lost 2
07/03/1987 South Adelaide Lost 0
13/03/1987 Central District Lost 0
20/03/1987 Sturt Lost 0
28/03/1987 Norwood Won 0
03/04/1987 Woodville Won 0
11/04/1987 Central District Lost 0
18/04/1987 South Adelaide Won 0
25/04/1987 Norwood Won 0
02/05/1987 Woodville Won 0
09/05/1987 Port Adelaide Lost 1
18/05/1987 West Torrens Won 1
23/05/1987 Sturt Won 3
30/05/1987 Glenelg Won 1
13/06/1987 Central District Won 1
20/06/1987 South Adelaide Won 4
27/06/1987 Norwood Won 0
04/07/1987 Woodville Won 1
11/07/1987 Port Adelaide Won 0
18/07/1987 West Torrens Won 0
25/07/1987 Sturt Won 1
02/08/1987 Glenelg Lost 0
08/08/1987 West Adelaide Won 1
16/08/1987 Central District Won 1
22/08/1987 South Adelaide Won 0
30/08/1987 Norwood Won 3
05/09/1987 Woodville Won 3
19/09/1987 Norwood Won 0
03/10/1987 Glenelg Won 6
26/05/1990 Woodville Won 3
02/06/1990 Sturt Won 2
21/07/1990 Port Adelaide Lost 1
28/07/1990 West Adelaide Won 1
04/08/1990 Woodville Won 0
11/08/1990 Sturt Won 1
18/08/1990 Glenelg Won 1
25/08/1990 South Adelaide Won 5
01/09/1990 Norwood Won 0
08/09/1990 Central District Won 5
15/09/1990 Glenelg Lost 1
23/09/1990 South Adelaide Won 0
08/02/1991 Sturt Won 2
22/02/1991 Norwood Lost 0
01/03/1991 South Adelaide Won 0
08/03/1991 Port Adelaide Lost 0
23/03/1991 South Adelaide Won 2
30/03/1991 Port Adelaide Lost 0
06/04/1991 West Adelaide Won 5
14/04/1991 Norwood Won 3
21/04/1991 Glenelg Won 0
05/05/1991 Woodville-West Torrens Won 0
11/05/1991 Sturt Won 4
18/05/1991 Central District Won 2
25/05/1991 South Adelaide Lost 0
02/06/1991 Port Adelaide Won 0
08/06/1991 West Adelaide Won 2
16/06/1991 Norwood Lost 1
22/06/1991 Glenelg Lost 0
07/07/1991 Woodville-West Torrens Lost 3
14/07/1991 Sturt Won 3
20/07/1991 Central District Won 4
27/07/1991 South Adelaide Lost 4
03/08/1991 Port Adelaide Won 1
11/08/1991 West Adelaide Won 1
19/08/1991 Norwood Draw 1
24/08/1991 Woodville-West Torrens Won 4
31/08/1991 Glenelg Lost 2
14/09/1991 Woodville-West Torrens Won 0
22/09/1991 South Adelaide Won 2
05/10/1991 West Adelaide Won 2
04/07/1992 Central District Won 7
25/07/1992 Port Adelaide Lost 0
01/08/1992 South Adelaide Won 0
08/08/1992 Glenelg Won 3
15/08/1992 West Adelaide Won 6
22/08/1992 Central District Won 2
30/08/1992 Woodville-West Torrens Lost 2
12/09/1992 Woodville-West Torrens Lost 1
19/09/1992 Glenelg Lost 0

Search by Player Name, Year/Season or Game.