David Schwarz (footballer)

David Schwarz (born 24 July 1972) is a former Australian rules footballer, who retired in 2002, after playing for the Melbourne Football Club in the Australian Football League (AFL), for 12 seasons.

David Schwarz
Personal information
Full name David Schwarz
Date of birth (1972-07-24) 24 July 1972
Original team(s) Sunbury
Height 195 cm (6 ft 5 in)
Weight 105 kg (231 lb)
Position(s) Forward
Playing career1
Years Club Games (Goals)
1991–2002 Melbourne 173 (244)
Representative team honours
Years Team Games (Goals)
1999 Victoria 1 (0)
1 Playing statistics correct to the end of 2002.
2 State and international statistics correct as of 1999 season.
Career highlights
Sources: AFL Tables, AustralianFootball.com

Football career

Recruited from Sunbury, Schwarz made his AFL debut in 1991. As a player for the Melbourne Football Club, he was known as "the Ox" for his beast-like build. He played centre half-forward or full-forward and in 1994 kicked nine goals straight against Sydney[1] and with some breathtaking finals performances (including "that" blind turn against Carlton). Strong marking, agile and athletic, until he suffered numerous knee injuries, playing only two games in 1995 and missing the entire 1996 season.

Schwarz resumed playing in 1997 at a weight of 103 kilograms (227 lb), which was 3 kilograms (6.6 lb) above the weight he subsequently carried in 2000. He capped his effort by winning the club’s best and fairest in 1999 and passing the 100 game mark – something that was unthinkable a few years earlier when knee injuries left his career in tatters. In typical style he celebrated with 20 of his closest mates and his mother, who had brought him up single handed since the age of eight. His father had been murdered.[2]

Late in his playing career, he appeared as a panelist on the AFL Footy Show in a memorable show where Sam Newman threw a pie in his face. A visibly angry Schwarz pushed Newman down to the ground.

He retired in the middle of 2002 having played 173 matches and kicking 244 goals.

Playing Statistics

 G  Goals  B  Behinds  K  Kicks  H  Handballs  D  Disposals  M  Marks  T  Tackles
Led the league after season and finals
Season Team No. Games G B K H D M T G B K H D M T
Totals Averages (per game)
1991 Melbourne 446733916551611.
1992 Melbourne 522207239115354112400.90.310.
1993 Melbourne 5957724211449100.
1994 Melbourne 5256023280126406173342.40.911.
1995 Melbourne 52315510401.
1996 Melbourne 50
1997 Melbourne 51018155718753741.
1998 Melbourne 51829211236318656221.
1999 Melbourne 5223827206133339107181.
2000 Melbourne 5253135246138384117431.
2001 Melbourne 5212116231123354105531.00.811.05.916.95.02.5
2002 Melbourne 513117914313431230.
Career 173 243 162 1589 822 2411 807 248 1.4 0.9 9.2 4.8 13.9 4.7 1.4

Media career

SEN 1116

In 2005, in his job on radio station SEN 1116, he admitted that during his football career he had a gambling problem and whittled away most of his income. He hosted "The Run Home" on SEN from 3–7 pm weekdays with Mark Allen until 8 December 2017.

Macquarie Sports Radio 954

In 2018, Schwartz joined Macquarie sports radio alongside Mark Allen to host the drive slot after their dismissals from Sen. On 1 November 2019 the pair concluded their term at MSR as the station's entire line-up was axed.

Channel Seven

From 2007 Schwarz was a part of the Channel Seven's AFL commentary team.


  1. "Sydney defeated by Melbourne Round 24, Sunday, 4th September 1994". FootyWire. 4 September 1994. Retrieved 29 April 2009.
  2. Niall, Jake (25 May 2007). "David Schwarz's biggest battle". Fairfax Digital. Retrieved 29 April 2009.
  3. "David Schwarz". AFL Tables. Retrieved 3 July 2014.
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