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Key Facts

Full name
David Brown

Known as
David Brown

29 September 1969 (age 54)

Age at first & last AFL game
First game: 21y 253d
Last game: 28y 278d

Height and weight
Height: 172 cm
Weight: 75 kg

Senior clubs
Port Adelaide; Adelaide; Port Adelaide

Jumper numbers
Adelaide: 21
Port Adelaide: 21

Recruited from
Port Adelaide (1991); Adelaide (1997)

David Brown

ClubLeagueCareer spanGamesGoalsAvgWin %AKIAHBAMKBV
Port AdelaideSANFL1987-1996, 1998-20011821560.86
Port AdelaideAFL1997-199822180.8245%
SANFL1987-1996, 1998-20011821560.86

AFL: 10,257th player to appear, 2,687th most games played, 1,495th most goals kickedAdelaide: 31st player to appear, 87th most games played, 49th most goals kickedPort Adelaide: 3rd player to appear, 127th most games played, 88th most goals kicked

David Brown debuted in the SANFL with Port Adelaide in 1987 and was a member a year later of the Magpies' winning grand final team against Glenelg. A year later he enjoyed back to back successes as Port accounted for North Adelaide in the season's decisive match, but he was robbed by injury of the chance to make it three in a row in 1990.

A hyperactive, resolute if somewhat unobtrusive footballer, he was capable of gathering numerous possessions and his distribution skills were good. It might be said that he lacked pace, however. Picked up by Adelaide when that club made its AFL debut in 1991 Brown never quite managed to establish himself as a first choice senior player. In six seasons with the Crows he played 69 games and kicked 55 goals but the games total is deceptive as he spent a high proportion of his time warming the bench.

When Port Adelaide debuted in the AFL in 1997 Brown was delighted to be picked up by the newcomers, admitting that it would have been difficult to play against Port. His form with the Power was steady rather than spectacular, however, and he only managed 22 games and 18 goals in two seasons before being de-listed.

Throughout and in tandem with his time in the AFL David Brown had continued his SANFL career with Port for whom, by the time he retired in 2001, he had registered 182 games and 156 goals, besides playing in another four premiership victories. In the 1996 grand final defeat of Central District he won the Jack Oatey Medal as best afield. He was club captain in 1999 and 2000.

Author - John Devaney


Encyclopedia of AFL Footballers by Russell Holmesby & Jim Main; Wikipedia article; The Complete Book of SANFL Records (2004 edition) by Dion Hayman


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