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Key Facts

Full name
Gavin Brown

Known as
Gavin Brown

25 September 1967 (age 56)

Age at first & last AFL game
First game: 19y 184d
Last game: 32y 315d

Height and weight
Height: 184 cm
Weight: 86 kg

Senior clubs
Collingwood; Australia

Jumper numbers
Collingwood: 26

Family links
Callum Brown (Son)Tyler Brown (Son)Tarni Brown (Daughter)

Gavin Brown

ClubLeagueCareer spanGamesGoalsAvgWin %AKIAHBAMKBV

AFL: 9,760th player to appear, 252nd most games played, 431st most goals kickedCollingwood: 886th player to appear, 11th most games played, 32nd most goals kicked

...his reputation for being hard at the ball in his utility role is a byword of the game. Has always put his body into the heavy traffic, disregarding his personal safety...¹

One of Collingwood's favourite sons of all time, Gavin Brown played 254 V/AFL games and kicked 195 goals for the club from 1987 to 2000. The consummate team player, much of his best work was so surreptitious as to go virtually unnoticed, but it was obvious to those in the know that he was Collingwood through and through. A key member of the Magpies' 1990 premiership side, Brown won three Copeland trophies, made the AFL All Australian team in 1991 and 1994, and was an inspirational captain of the Woods from 1994 to 1998. Tenacious, wholehearted, and ultra-determined, his form could feasibly be viewed as an index to how Collingwood as a team was performing. He was also a distinguished Victorian state of origin representative, most notably when he captained his side to an heroic eight-point win over an extremely highly rated South Australian combination in Adelaide in 1997. Gavin Brown’s son Callum joined Collingwood under the father-son rule and commenced his senior AFL career in 2017.

Author - John Devaney


1. 1999 Select AFL card number 166


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