Mal Brown

Mal Brown
Personal information
Birth 26 October 1946 (1946-10-26) (age 65)
Recruited from East Perth
Height and weight 187 cm / 97 kg
Playing career¹
Team(s)

Richmond (1974)

14 games, 27 goals

¹ Statistics to end of 2006 season
Career highlights


  • Sandover Medallist 1969
  • All Australian Captain 1972
  • WA Interstate Games:- 16
  • WA interstate Coach 1973, 1981, 1982, 1988

Malcolm "Mal" Brown (born 26 October 1946) is a former Australian rules footballer in the Victorian Football League and West Australian National Football League.

He was a highly controversial character not only for his many visits to the tribunal during his playing career but also for a number of incidents when coaching as well.[1]

Contents

WANFL career

Brown played in the WANFL for East Perth, Claremont and South Fremantle. His honours as a player include the Sandover Medal in 1969 and three best and fairests at East Perth (1969, 70, 72).[1]

He was made captain/coach of East Perth in 1970 and in this capacity he led them to their 1972 premiership ending a bittersweet run for the club where they had played in and lost 7 grand finals since 1960.

At the celebrations after the game as captain he was invited to drinks with the club hierarchy. Upon requesting that the rest of the team be able to join them, and being denied, he hence dragged the team to the nearby Norwood Hotel for their own celebration and thus bringing down the wrath of club president F.D. Book.[1]

The end of this season also saw him lead East Perth as they competed in the Australian Club Championships. He is remembered for his appearance against Carlton where he single-handedly took on the opposition punching out one player after another after taking a dislike to their treatment of some of his team mates.[2]

He also went on to coach South Fremantle to a premiership in 1980.[3]

VFL career

Brown mostly played his career in the WANFL with East Perth, but moved to play in the VFL with the Richmond Football Club for the 1974 season.[4] This earned him recognition in Victoria, where he was considered a highly controversial character.[5] He played 14 games and booted 25 goals as a ruck-rover for the Tigers, but did not play in the 1974 Grand Final due to suspension for throwing the ball at an umprire.[6]

Brown is the father of current Gold Coast Suns player Campbell. In 2004, Brown was inducted into the West Australian Football Hall of Fame.[7]

In 1994 he co-authored a book titled Mal Brown & Mongrels I've met! with Brian Hansen.[8]

Notes

  1. ^ a b c East, Alan, ed (Sept, 2006). The Sandover Medal Men. Noranda, WA: Alan East. pp. 259–264. ISBN 0-9775813-0-6. http://www.eastperthfc.com.au/the-sandover-medal. Retrieved 2008-05-13. 
  2. ^ WA's most controversial moments in sport; The West Australian; 2007-06-04
  3. ^ South Fremantle Football Club History
  4. ^ 1974 Richmond Round by Round playing list
  5. ^ Holmesby, R. and Main, J. (2005). The Encyclopedia of AFL Footballers. ISBN 1-86350-243-2
  6. ^ VFL Tribunal Findings, 1974
  7. ^ Hall of Fame Inductees
  8. ^ Mal Brown and Mongrels I've Met. Mt Waverley: Brian Edward Hansen. 1994. ISBN 0-646-17695-1. 

References

  • Hogan P: The Tigers of Old , Richmond FC, Melbourne 1996

External links

Mal Brown's statistics from AFL Tables


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