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Key Facts

Full name
David Lester Bain

Known as
David Bain

2 May 1966 (age 57)

Place of birth
Albany, WA (6330)

Age at first & last AFL game
First game: 22y 334d
Last game: 28y 116d

Height and weight
Height: 176 cm
Weight: 67 kg

Senior clubs
East Perth; Brisbane; Australia; Fitzroy; Southport

Jumper numbers
Brisbane: 22
Fitzroy: 19

Recruited from
East Perth (1989); Brisbane (1994); Fitzroy (1995)

State of origin

David Bain

ClubLeagueCareer spanGamesGoalsAvgWin %AKIAHBAMKBV
East PerthWAFL1985-198871400.56

AFL: 9,998th player to appear, 2,493rd most games played, 2,117th most goals kickedBrisbane: 52nd player to appear, 71st most games played, 68th most goals kickedFitzroy: 1,121st player to appear, 595th most games played, 523rd most goals kicked

Pint-sized wingman who has defied the odds and beaten taller and stronger opponents,. His courage and tremendous pace impressed the umpires so much that he polled 30 votes to finish fifth in the (1985) Sandover Medal.¹

Originally from Maylands, David Bain made his league debut with East Perth in 1985, and went on to play a total of 72 games with the club over the next four seasons. His final season with the Royals was his best, as he won both the club's fairest and best award, and the Sandover Medal. In 1989 he joined Brisbane, winning a best and fairest award in his second season, and belying his lightweight (176cm, 67kg) frame with his consistently courageous and often overtly physical performances.

After 86 games with the Bears he crossed to Fitzroy in 1994 and added a final dozen AFL games to his tally. His senior career was still far from over, however, as he spent the period from 1995 to 2000 with QAFL power side Southport, winning two Grogan Medals, and the club's 1995 best and fairest award. He also captained the Sharks to no fewer than four premierships in succession, earning inclusion for himself in the club's official Hall of Fame. Bain also played briefly for NTFL side Waratah.

Author - John Devaney


1. “WAFL Football Budget”, 21/9/85, page 34.


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