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Key Facts

Full name
Terry Brain

Known as
Terry Brain

14 August 1907

15 August 1984 (aged 77)

Age at first & last AFL game
First game: 20y 251d
Last game: 30y 14d

Height and weight
Height: 173 cm
Weight: 70 kg

Senior clubs
South Melbourne

Jumper numbers
South Melbourne: 24, 22, 5

Recruited from
South Melbourne Districts (1928)

Terry Brain

ClubLeagueCareer spanGamesGoalsAvgWin %AKIAHBAMKBV
South MelbourneV/AFL1928-19371411981.4063%21.964.0420

Pre 1965 stats are for selected matches only

AFL: 3,368th player to appear, 1,440th most games played, 413th most goals kickedSouth Melbourne: 404th player to appear, 79th most games played, 26th most goals kicked

Lived up to his reputation as being a real fighter. Although he roved to a losing ruck, he never ‘let up’, and was going as strong at the finish as when the game started. One of the best rovers South Melbourne has had.¹

Flimsily built but courageous to a tee, rover Terry Brain was already a stalwart of the South Melbourne league side when the 'foreign legion' phase of that club's history got underway in 1933. Recruited locally, he began with South in 1928, and went on to play a total of 141 games and kick 198 goals for the club over the course of the ensuing ten seasons. Brain was first rover when the Blood-Stained Angels went top in 1933 with a grand final win over Richmond, and the following season saw him named as the club's best and fairest player. He was a member of South's losing grand final teams of 1934 against Richmond and 1935 against Collingwood. Although he played all of his senior grade football in Melbourne Brain was born in Launceston on 14th August 1906.

Author - John Devaney


1. “Record”, 20/9/34, page 4.


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