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Key Facts

Full name
Darren Graham Carlson

Known as
Darren Carlson

6 May 1967 (age 55)

Age at first & last AFL game
First game: 20y 32d
Last game: 23y 118d

Height and weight
Height: 180 cm
Weight: 77 kg

Senior clubs
Southport; West Adelaide; Brisbane

Jumper numbers
Brisbane: 44

Darren Carlson

ClubLeagueCareer spanGamesGoalsAvgWin %AKIAHBAMKBV
West AdelaideSANFL1991-1996105

AFL: 9,852nd player to appear, 5,902nd most games played, 5,651st most goals kickedBrisbane: 34th player to appear, 168th most games played, 175th most goals kicked

A classy and persistent wingman from Southport who was the fifth Queenslander to play for the Brisbane Bears behind Gary Shaw, Frank Dunell, Tony Beckett and Alan Giffard and the third player behind Beckett and Giffard elevated to senior ranks with the Queensland AFL club. A Surfers Paradise junior, he was a triple QAFL premiership player with Southport in 1985-1987-1989 who won AFL selection on sheer weight of performance at club level. 

Making his AFL debut against Sydney in Round 11 1987, he collected three Brownlow Medal votes in his fourth game against North Melbourne and was a standout in Round 22 against Richmond at the MCG, when a brave Bears win saw them avoid the wooden-spoon in their first season. He played 11 games in his first season as a 20-year-old but was plagued by leg injuries thereafter and didn’t get a chance to live up to his potential, finishing with a total of 25 games from 1987-90. 

Ten times a Queensland rep, including the 1988 Bi-Centennial Carnival in Adelaide, he was among the better players in a disappointing Maroons outfit. Carlson later joined West Adelaide, winning selection in 'The Advertiser' Team of the Year in 1991, and after a distinguished 105 game career for the 'Bloods' he returned ‘home’ to Queensland. A willing servant to the game as an assistant coach with the Queensland U18 side, he was chosen on the wing in the Southport 1983-2008 Celebration Team to honour the club’s first 25 years in the AFLQ.                                       

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