Campbell Brown (footballer)

Campbell Brown (born 28 August 1983) is an Australian rules footballer who played for the Hawthorn Football Club and the Gold Coast Suns in the Australian Football League (AFL) and is the inaugural captain of the Australian national Kabaddi team. He led the side at the 2016 Kabaddi World Cup (Standard style) but his side disappointed, winning just one of its five qualifying matches and failing to progress beyond the group stage. However he is keen to retain his captaincy and try again in 2020. He was a member of Hawthorn's 2008 AFL Grand Final premiership winning team, but his biggest achievement came on the racetrack, when Sweet Idea bolted in and scored for Gai Waterhouse, which Brown was a part owner in. Brown famously had a horror month on the punt in 2019, doing his arse, but got out thanks to landing a four-leg multi. His AFL career was abruptly ended when he was fired for an off field incident with a Gold Coast teammate during the 2014 pre-season, and his punting career could be leaning down the same path.[1]

Campbell Brown
Playing for Hawthorn during the 2007 AFL season
Personal information
Full name Campbell Brown
Date of birth (1983-08-28) 28 August 1983
Place of birth Perth, Australia
Original team(s) Oakleigh Chargers (TAC Cup)
Draft No. 32, 2001 National Draft, Hawthorn
Height 167 cm (5 ft 6 in)
Weight 103 kg (227 lb)
Position(s) Defender
Playing career1
Years Club Games (Goals)
2002–2010 Hawthorn 159 0(64)
2011–2013 Gold Coast 046 0(45)
Total 205 (109)
Representative team honours
Years Team Games (Goals)
2008 Victoria 1 (1)
International team honours
2006–2008 Australia 4
1 Playing statistics correct to the end of 2013.
Career highlights
Sources: AFL Tables,

AFL career

Brown is the son of Australian rules football player and 2004 West Australian Football League Hall of Fame inductee Mal Brown who you may know from the "Get Off My Property Today Tonight Story",[2] and attended Scotch College, Melbourne and Deakin University where he studied Sports Management.[3]

Hawthorn career (2002–2010)

Brown wore the number 30 guernsey and became noted for his overall aggression and toughness.[4] He debuted for the Hawks in 2002, and received a nomination for the Rising Star award.

Brown was in the squad for the Australian international rules football team which competed in the International Rules Series in 2006.

In 2007, Brown held down the centre half back position for Hawthorn, a position usually held by a taller man; Brown being only 179 cm. He was awarded a place in the All-Australian team for his efforts. The same year, Brown was fined $15,000 for giving misleading information to the AFL Tribunal about a misconduct charge involving West Coast's Chris Judd.[5] Vision appeared to show Judd's hand on Brown's face with fingers around Brown's eyes. Brown's evidence at the Tribunal led to the charge against Judd being dropped.

He was part of the Hawthorn premiership team of 2008 that beat Geelong.

During trade week 2009, Brown was allegedly put up for trade, with Hawthorn supposedly chasing Port Adelaide star Shaun Burgoyne. Hawthorn fans and Brown reacted badly to this suggestion with club President Jeff Kennett and coach Alastair Clarkson subsequently confirming the story was untrue.[6]

Gold Coast Suns (2011–2013)

On 7 September 2010 it was rumoured that Brown would be leaving the Hawks to join new AFL club, the Gold Coast Suns. On 14 September 2010, Brown declined a contract offer from Hawthorn, and he subsequently signed a contract with Gold Coast.

In his second game for Gold Coast, Brown was suspended for four weeks. The AFL match review panel handed Brown a two-match suspension for an off-the-ball elbow to Callan Ward's face and a further two for a high bump on Barry Hall as he bent over to gather the ball.[7]

On 6 August 2011, Brown broke his pelvis while playing against Geelong at Skilled Stadium. The injury ended his 2011 season.[8]

At the end of the 2011 AFL season, Brown was removed from the Suns' leadership group after being involved in a bar fight during the club's end of season trip to Thailand.[9]

In November 2013, following a pre-season camp in Arizona, Brown was accused of breaking the jaw of a teammate, Steven May, during a fight in Los Angeles.[10] May required an operation and had two plates implanted to repair the break in his left jaw. On 28 November 2013, Brown was suspended by the club pending the outcome of an investigation into this incident.[11] On 4 December 2013 Brown was released from the Gold Coast Suns as a result of the incident with May.[1]

Brown's career ended with a total of 29 weeks suspension.[9] This included a four-match ban for striking Melbourne's James Strauss in round 20, 2013, which happened to be his final AFL game; without the sacking, Brown would have missed the opening round of the 2014 season.[12]

Post-AFL career

Brown made a one-off guest appearance for the Devonport in the Tasmanian State League in 2014.[13]


In 2016, Brown captained Australia's kabaddi team at the 2016 Kabaddi World Cup in Ahmedabad, India.[14]

Media career

As of 2014, Brown is an AFL commentator on Saturday nights for Triple M[15]

From 2015, Brown appears as a political commentator on Channel 9's The Verdict with Karl Stefanovic. He is known for his right-wing political views.


Source: AFL Tables[16]

 G  Goals  B  Behinds  K  Kicks  H  Handballs  D  Disposals  M  Marks  T  Tackles
Season Team No. Games G B K H D M T G B K H D M T
Totals Averages (per game)
2002 Hawthorn 3212134896515438161.
2003 Hawthorn 301152853912436170.
2004 Hawthorn 3017861556021582420.
2005 Hawthorn 30141113210723967300.
2006 Hawthorn 302066237114351156420.30.311.95.717.67.82.1
2007 Hawthorn 302353220117337133230.
2008 Hawthorn 3024146234130364137510.
2009 Hawthorn 30215815113128287580.
2010 Hawthorn 3017751428923186550.
2011 Gold Coast 3014011227219455290.
2012 Gold Coast 301922101358021586291.
2013 Gold Coast 301323111205517559271.
Career 205 109 63 1822 1059 2881 1022 419 0.5 0.3 8.9 5.2 14.1 5.0 2.0


  1. "Gold Coast Suns sack Campbell Brown". The Age. Fairfax. 4 December 2013. Retrieved 4 December 2013.
  2. Born and Bred for the G
  3. "Little Big Man"
  4. Fortunate Judd owes Brown an apology
  5. Fib costs Brown $15,000 fine – AFL – Fox Sports
  6. "Lessons learned the hard way"
  8. Gullan, Scott (7 August 2011). "Fractured pelvis ends Campbell Brown's season". Herald Sun. Retrieved 11 August 2011.
  9. "Campbell Brown's off field behaviour under spotlight after incident in US". Perth Now. News Ltd. 28 November 2013. Retrieved 2 December 2013.
  10. Hamilton, Andrew (28 November 2013). "Gold Coast star Campbell Brown faces sack after allegedly punching team-mate Steven May in Los Angeles".
  11. "Campbell Brown suspended by Gold Coast Suns following altercation with Steven May". ABC News. ABC. 1 December 2013. Retrieved 2 December 2013.
  12. Tribunal challenge fails, Brown out for four weeks, official website, 13 August 2013
  15. Knox, David (12 February 2014). "Wayne Carey confirmed for Seven's Friday night footy". TV Tonight. Retrieved 15 March 2014.
  16. Campbell Brown's player profile at AFL Tables
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