M.J. (Michael) Bird joined ‘the Blacks’ in 1986, commencing a distinguished career on and off the field. During Michael’s time with the Club, he played 312 games over 18 seasons from 1986 to 2005, with a two year break from 1991 to 1992.
Michael was quickly known as the ‘Bird Dog’, a courageous left footed rover who was at his best on his favoured wet weather days. In his career he kicked 242 goals.
During his time with the Club, Michael was captain of teams for seven seasons (1994 to 2000), with three of those as a Premiership Captain. In total he played in 29 Finals, including ten Grand Finals for six Premierships, A8 (1994), D8 Reserves (1997), D7 Reserves (2000 and 2001), D8 Reserves (2002) and D7 Reserves (2003).
Arguably Michael’s greatest contribution to the Club came through his off-field role as a member of the Management Committee. As Club Treasurer since 1995, Michael has played an integral role in further developing the off-field professionalism of the Club’s operations. With increased sponsorship, successful grant applications and various other revenue raising activities ensuring financial stability for the Club.
Michael was recognised with the Best Club Man trophy in 1998.
Shortly after the completion of the 2005 season, Michael was seconded to Sydney with his employer and Club sponsor, PricewaterhouseCoopers. Despite this transfer, Michael continued to hold the position of Club Treasurer and fulfil the role with the assistance of others in Adelaide for a total of 13 years– a committed Club member indeed!