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Key Facts

Full name
David Yule Cuzens

Known as
Dave Cuzens

11 December 1932

22 October 2021 (aged 88)

Age at first & last AFL game
First game: 24y 193d
Last game: 28y 237d

Height and weight
Height: 182 cm
Weight: 85 kg

Senior clubs
Richmond; Subiaco; East Perth

Jumper numbers
Richmond: 4

Recruited from
Kalgoorlie City (1957); Richmond (1962); Subiaco (1964)

Dave Cuzens

ClubLeagueCareer spanGamesGoalsAvgWin %AKIAHBAMKBV
Kalgoorlie CityGoFL1953-1956
East PerthWANFL1964500.00
WANFL1962, 19641880.44
Total1953-1962, 196487110.13

AFL: 6,839th player to appear, 3,395th most games played, 7,265th most goals kickedRichmond: 579th player to appear, 238th most games played, 624th most goals kicked

Originally from Bassendean, Dave Cuzens was trekking around Australia on a motor bike when he stopped in Kalgoorlie to have a look around. He obviously liked what he saw, because the 'look around' became a four-year stay, during which time he established himself as a footballer of the highest quality with Kalgoorlie City, playing in the club's 1953 and 1954 premiership teams and winning the 1955 fairest and best award. 

In 1957 he was recruited by Richmond where he reinforced his already high reputation with a series of brilliant performances on the last line of defence. Strong overhead, a thumping kick, and a superb reader of the play, he won Tiger best and fairest awards in 1958 and 1959, and was a VFL representative in 1959 and 1960. Between 1957 and 1961 he played a total of 69 VFL games, and was club vice-captain in 1960 and 1961. 

In 1962 he returned to the west as captain-coach of Subiaco, playing 13 games that year before carrying on in a non-playing capacity in 1963. Cuzens was not a success as a coach, and during the 1963 season he was deposed, and replaced by Bob Browning. He made a brief playing comeback with East Perth in 1964, adding a final five WANFL games to his tally before retiring.

Author - John Devaney


Photo Credit: Richmond FC


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