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Key Facts

Full name
Brendan Bower

Known as
Brendan Bower

4 August 1966 (age 57)


Age at first & last AFL game
First game: 19y 265d
Last game: 26y 242d

Height and weight
Height: 188 cm
Weight: 78 kg

Senior clubs
Richmond; Essendon; North Melbourne

Jumper numbers
Richmond: 31
Essendon: 36
North Melbourne: 37

Recruited from
Mildura (1986); Richmond (1992); Essendon (1993)

Family links
Darren Bower (Brother)Nathan Bower (Brother)

Brendan Bower

ClubLeagueCareer spanGamesGoalsAvgWin %AKIAHBAMKBV
North MelbourneAFL1993231.5050%6.504.002.000

AFL: 9,695th player to appear, 2,519th most games played, 3,299th most goals kickedRichmond: 882nd player to appear, 171st most games played, 304th most goals kickedEssendon: 965th player to appear, 986th most games played, 652nd most goals kickedNorth Melbourne: 824th player to appear, 961st most games played, 572nd most goals kicked

Richmond recruited Brendan Bower from Mildura and he commenced with the under nineteens, playing in a premiership-winning team at that level in 1985. He made his senior VFL debut the following year and went on to play 92 games and kick 19 goals for the Tigers over eight seasons. A sprightly half back flanker or wingman, he liked to back his judgement and was once chosen to represent Victoria.

Bower joined Essendon in 1992 but managed just three games and three goals for the year. It was a similar story at his next port of call, North Melbourne, for whom he played twice and booted three goals in 1993. He played half a season with Seymour in 1994 before being forced into retirement after seriously injuring a knee.

Author - John Devaney


Encyclopedia of AFL Footballers by Russell Holmesby & Jim Main; Wikipedia article;


* Behinds calculated from the 1965 season on.
+ Score at the end of extra time.