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Key Facts

Full name
Leigh Brown

Known as
Leigh Brown

23 February 1982 (age 41)

Age at first & last AFL game
First game: 18y 17d
Last game: 29y 220d

Height and weight
Height: 194 cm
Weight: 101 kg

Senior clubs
Fremantle; North Melbourne; Collingwood

Jumper numbers
Fremantle: 30
North Melbourne: 16
Collingwood: 15

Recruited from
Gippsland Power (2000); Fremantle (2003); North Melbourne (2009)

Leigh Brown

ClubLeagueCareer spanGamesGoalsAvgWin %AKIAHBAMKBV
North MelbourneAFL2003-2008118640.5450%6.284.763.966

AFL: 11,013th player to appear, 301st most games played, 735th most goals kickedFremantle: 76th player to appear, 90th most games played, 93rd most goals kickedNorth Melbourne: 900th player to appear, 106th most games played, 104th most goals kickedCollingwood: 1,077th player to appear, 282nd most games played, 155th most goals kicked

Leigh Brown played 246 games with Fremantle, North Melbourne and Collingwood between 2000 and 2011. 

On 21 May 2011, he became the second player in VFL/AFL history to play 50 games (after Glenn Coleman) for three clubs when Collingwood played Adelaide.

Brown is originally from Heyfield and played under 18 football with the Gippsland Power in the TAC Cup where he attracted the attention of talent scouts.

Brown was drafted to the Fremantle Dockers with the fifth selection in the 1999 AFL Draft.

He made his AFL debut in 2000, playing 21 out of a possible 22 games in his debut year. He would play a further 21 games in each of the next two seasons and was named Fremantle's Best Clubman in 2001. He played 63 games at Fremantle also kicking 20 goals.

Brown moved to the North Melbourne after being traded in 2002 for selection 13, which Fremantle used to draft Byron Schammer. He continued to be solid key position player who could hold his own at both ends of the ground. Prior to 2008, Brown had played in at least 21 matches in every season of his AFL career. Brown was delisted by the Kangaroos at the end of 2008. At North Melbourne Brown played 118 games and booted 64 goals.

Brown was recruited to Collingwood after the 2008 season with selection 73 in the national draft. He played 23 games for Collingwood in 2009 and kicked 10 goals.

His 2010 season was extremely productive, to the point of holding former No. 1 Draft pick Josh Fraser out of the team. He has played a variety of roles, earning him the title "Mr Fix It" from Malcolm Blight and numerous commentators. Perhaps his best effort came against St Kilda, where he booted three goals and lead his team to a great victory to see them take top place on the AFL ladder heading into the finals series. Brown capped off a memorable year in 2010 by playing an important role in Collingwood's Premiership victory.

On 1 September 2011, Brown announced his retirement, effective from the end of the season.

After his retirement, Brown accepted a role from Melbourne Football Club to be their forward line coach.



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