Gary Cowton

Gary Cowton (born 30 December 1952) is a former Australian rules footballer who played for North Melbourne in the Victorian Football League (VFL) as well as having stints with Footscray and South Melbourne.

Gary Cowton
Personal information
Date of birth (1952-12-30) 30 December 1952
Place of birth Geelong, Victoria
Original team(s) Benalla
Debut 1971, North Melbourne
vs. Collingwood, at Victoria Park
Height 188 cm (6 ft 2 in)
Weight 93 kg (205 lb)
Playing career1
Years Club Games (Goals)
1971–1978 North Melbourne 129 (34)
1979–1980 Footscray 040 0(4)
1981 South Melbourne 008 0(0)
1983–1984 North Melbourne 022 0(1)
Total 199 (39)
1 Playing statistics correct to the end of 1984.
Career highlights
  • North Melbourne premiership player 1975, 1977
Sources: AFL Tables,

Cowton, often known as "Crazy Horse", was a utility player and was a key member of the successful North Melbourne side of the 1970s. He played in five successive grand finals, winning two of them. The first, in 1975 was as a reserve, in 1977 he played on the half back flank in their drawn game and premiership win.

After his football career, Gary completed his Bachelor of Business Degree, majoring in Macro Economics at LaTrobe University Bendigo. His career in the Australian Public Service began in 1998 with the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Commission (ATSIC) (1990–2005). He served in West Kimberley at Derby, WA and the East Kimberley at Kununurra, WA and then Cairns, QLD which included Cape York.

Whilst in Cairns, Gary was sponsored by AFL PNG and traveled to Papua New Guinea for some AFL clinics.

Gary Cowton is standing as a Senate Candidate for the Australian Capital Territory in the 2019 Federal Election.[1]


  1. "Candidates of the 2019 Australian federal election", Wikipedia, 25 April 2019, retrieved 25 April 2019

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