David Crutchfield

David Crutchfield (2 August 1965 – 29 November 2002) was an Australian rules footballer who played with Fitzroy in the Victorian Football League (VFL)

David Crutchfield
Personal information
Full name David Crutchfield
Date of birth (1965-08-02)2 August 1965
Date of death 29 November 2002(2002-11-29) (aged 37)
Original team(s) South Warrnambool[1]
Height 191 cm (6 ft 3 in)
Weight 92 kg (203 lb)
Playing career1
Years Club Games (Goals)
1985 Fitzroy 4 (0)
1 Playing statistics correct to the end of 1985.
Sources: AFL Tables, AustralianFootball.com


Recruited from South Warrnambool, Crutchfield played in the final four rounds of the 1985 VFL season. His most productive game was against Geelong, when he had 17 disposals.[2] He didn't make any further appearances and ended up in Queensland playing for Southport. In 1992 he was involved in a three way tie for the Grogan Medal.[3]

Crutchfield was later a successful player coach in South Australia's Riverland Football League. He steered Loxton North to four premierships in a row, from 1997 to 2000.

Personal life

Crutchfield suffered from depression and committed suicide in 2002 at the age of 37.[4]

His elder brother, Michael Crutchfield, is the member for South Barwon in the Victorian Legislative Assembly.[4]


  1. Holmesby, Russell; Main, Jim (2007). The Encyclopedia Of AFL Footballers. BAS Publishing. ISBN 978-1-920910-78-5.
  2. "David Crutchfield". AFL Tables.
  3. "David Crutchfield". Full Points Footy.
  4. "Election day brings bittersweet memories for MP". News Limited. 12 November 2006. Retrieved 17 August 2016.
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