Mick Martyn (Australian footballer)

Mick Martyn (Australian footballer)
Mick Martyn
Personal information
Full name Michael Martyn
Date of birth 31 August 1968 (1968-08-31) (age 43)
Original team Newport Central
Height/Weight 190cm / 105kg
Playing career1
Years Club Games (Goals)
1988 – 2002
North Melbourne
287 (16)
13 (0)
300 (16)
1 Playing statistics to end of 2003 season .
Career highlights

Michael "Mick" Martyn (born 31 August 1968) is a former professional AFL Footballer who played for the North Melbourne Kangaroos and the Carlton Football Club . He is the son of Bryan Martyn who also played for North Melbourne and is a relative of early Carlton champion Paddy O'Brien. He is an AFL life member.


Early life

Martyn was born with a clef palate disorder which disallowed him to speak normally or fluently. He attended St.Paul's College in North Altona.

North Melbourne Football Club

Martyn was drafted to the Kangaroos under the Father-Son Rule enforced by the VFL. He notched up his first league game against Geelong but didn't come on until the 3rd Quarter where he lined up on Gary Ablett, Sr. In 2002 he made history by being the first man to ever play against father and son by playing against Geelong's Gary Ablett, Jr. (although Bruce Doull had played with both Silvagni's at Carlton). Mick won the 1995 Michael Tuck medal after the Kangaroos beat the Adelaide Crows in the 1995 Ansett Cup. In 2002 he gained permission by the AFL to wear his father's number 30 jumper, being that it would be the last match his father ever witnessed before dying a few days later. Michael won two premierships with the Kangaroos in 1996 and 1999 until he was de-listed by the Kangaroos at the end of the 2002 season.

Bali Bombings

Martyn was injured in the 2002 Bali bombings where he received burns to the back of his scalp.[1] He had been drinking with Jason McCartney at Paddy's bar at the time of the attack. After exiting the building, he and McCartney left the scene and were admitted to hospital, McCartney suffering more life threatening injuries.

Carlton Football Club

At the 2002 draft, with Denis Pagan needing a "gorilla" at full-back, Mick was drafted by Carlton to play for the 2003 season. He played a handful of games to notch up his 300th match against Essendon in Round 18 2003 at the MCG where Carlton lost by 34 points after the match he was chaired off the ground. But however that turned out to be his last match, he announced his retirement after the serious injury he suffered the next week at training. He did causes some controversy during the year, commenting on radio that after the Bali Bombings "it wasn't the blue and white in my corner, it was the navy blue"

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