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Key Facts

Full name
Clinton Leon Browning

Known as
Clinton Browning

7 March 1962 (age 60)

Age at first & last AFL game
First game: 27y 47d
Last game: 27y 96d

Height and weight
Height: 191 cm
Weight: 85 kg

Senior clubs
East Fremantle; West Coast

Jumper numbers
West Coast: 30

Recruited from
East Fremantle (1989)

Clinton Browning

ClubLeagueCareer spanGamesGoalsAvgWin %AKIAHBAMKBV
East FremantleWASFL1981-1985, 1987-19932193801.74
West CoastV/AFL1989451.2525%6.251.503.000
Total1981-1985, 1987-19932233851.73

AFL: 10,023rd player to appear, 10,362nd most games played, 6,316th most goals kickedWest Coast: 49th player to appear, 228th most games played, 171st most goals kicked

Proved one of the success stories of the season when converted to defence. Played tight and defensively to show that he was equally at home at the opposite end of the ground to his normal full forward role.¹

An accomplished aerialist, Clinton Browning began his league career with East Fremantle as a forward, but later played many fine games in key defensive roles. He was also eminently capable of performing effectively on a wing or in the centre. Recruited from Mingenew, he made his WAFL debut in 1981, and by the time he retired in 1993 had played a total of 223 senior club games, including four in the VFL for West Coast in 1989. 

He won the Lynn Medal for the Sharks' fairest and best player in 1984, and enjoyed another stellar year in 1985, making the first of an eventual 3 interstate appearances for Western Australia, and starring at full forward in the grand final as East Freo overcame Subiaco by five points. Browning booted 6 goals in that game to be a popular choice as East Fremantle's best player; although the Simpson Medal went to the Lions' Brian Taylor. Browning finally got his Simpson seven years later when he starred at full back in the Sharks' 24-point grand final defeat of arch-nemesis South Fremantle. 

Author - John Devaney


1. Who’s Who in WA Football 1986, page 38.


Full Points Footy's WA Football Companion, Crème de la Crème


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