14 November 1972
1996 Fitzroy Best and Fairest
1998 Kangaroos Pre-Season Premiership
1999 Kangaroos Premiership
2001, 2002, 2003 Brisbane Premierships
Martin Pike holds the honour of being Fitzroy’s final best and fairest winner in 1996, and is considered a true journeyman of AFL football. A four-time premiership player, and veteran of four clubs, he will be remembered as a fierce, uncompromising defender.
Drafted by Melbourne with their first choice in 1992 (number nine overall), Martin Pike has always shown the ability needed to establish a league career. After two years at Melbourne, Pikey was traded to Fitzroy in 1994 where he began to develop into a hardened midfielder.
Despite being ironically overlooked in the merger between Brisbane and Fitzroy, he eventually found his way to Queensland, but not before four successful years with the Kangaroos.
Pike was recruited by Denis Pagan as a running defender, and both parties thrived. Four successive finals campaigns and his first premiership medallion (1999) followed. Traded once again, this time to Brisbane, Martin established himself as an integral part in the Lions defense.
Three straight premierships (2001-03) are a reward for perseverance, and despite entering the latter stages of a glittering career, he played in all 25 Brisbane games in 2004 - underlining his durability in the most physically demanding era of all.
Martin announced his retirement in 2005 after 248 games. His unforgettable career included 4 Premierships.