Gavin Brown (footballer)

Gavin Brown (born 25 September 1967) is a former Australian rules footballer who represented Collingwood in the Australian Football League (AFL) during the 1980s and 1990s. Since retiring as a player he has been an assistant coach with Collingwood, Carlton and joined North Melbourne at the end of the 2013 season.[1] He is currently serving as a development coach at North Melbourne.[2]

Gavin Brown
Personal information
Original team(s) Templestowe
Height 184 cm (6 ft 0 in)
Weight 88 kg (194 lb)
Playing career
Years Club Games (Goals)
1987–2000 Collingwood 254 (195)
Career highlights



Sources: AFL Tables,

Brown was a hardworking and versatile player for the Magpies throughout his career. He was also able to play as a key forward and / or a defender.[3]

A former Marcellin College student, he was part of their 1st XVIII to win both the 1984 Associated Grammar Schools premiership as well as the coveted Herald Shield Cup which was captained by Carlton champion Stephen Silvagni.

Early life and playing career

Brown was recruited into Collingwood Magpies from Templestowe where he contributed to the side for over a decade. Brown was part of the Magpies under-19 premiership side in 1986 with Damian Monkhorst, Mick McGuane and Gavin Crosisca, who all made their debuts with the senior side in 1987.[4] Brown quickly showed his true value as a tough and courageous footballer, and a great man off the field. He earned the nickname "Rowdy" because of his quiet demeanour off the field. Brown started well in his career, earning his first Victorian guernsey in State of Origin football in his debut season.

In 1989, Brown turned into a great young footballer, winning the Copeland Trophy, awarded to the club's best and fairest player, after finishing third the year before. In the same year, he made an impact against South Australia in State of Origin, winning the EJ Whitten Medal. His good form continued into 1990 when he played an important part in Collingwood winning the premiership, their first in 32 years. Brown played mainly as a forward, after starting his career as a wingman. He was knocked out in the quarter-time brawl in the grand final against Essendon, but returned late in the game and kicked his second goal. A year later, Brown continued his enthusiastic and courageous work on the field and finished runner-up in the best and fairest as well as earning his first All-Australian selection as a half-forward.

Brown was known as a courageous player and the AFL Players Association awarded him the inaugural Robert Rose Award for Most Courageous Player in 1991 and again in 1992.

In 1994, Brown was rewarded for his hard work with the captaincy and he played good football. He gained his second All-Australian selection, and won his second Copeland Trophy, finishing equal with recruit Nathan Buckley. He suffered hamstring injuries in 1995–1996, which hampered his career, but in 1997 he made a comeback, winning his third Copeland Trophy. He also captained the state side against South Australia, winning a second EJ Whitten Medal for his best on ground performance due to a brilliant job on Darren Jarman.

Brown handed over the Magpies' captaincy to Nathan Buckley at the end of 1998, despite his willingness to keep the leadership role. As his career was coming to an end he continued to play good football in 1999 despite the team's lack of success and was impressive with the youngsters around him, with another top three finish in the best and fairest. He retired at the end of 2000.[4]


 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 Votes
Totals Averages (per game)
1987 Collingwood 2616741798126054270.40.311.
1988 Collingwood 262364282211493107370.
1989 Collingwood 26221127330186516129250.
1990 Collingwood 26184924209106315132192.71.311.65.917.57.31.14
1991 Collingwood 26181521246211457129290.81.213.711.725.47.21.69
1992 Collingwood 261699207108315102250.60.612.96.819.76.41.67
1993 Collingwood 2612961257419953110.80.510.
1994 Collingwood 262117724521946495510.80.311.710.422.14.52.44
1995 Collingwood 261611716312628964460.70.410.27.918.14.02.91
1996 Collingwood 2620101112014026068230.
1997 Collingwood 262214171206377106360.
1998 Collingwood 26165513610023684250.
1999 Collingwood 261931151319923066151.
2000 Collingwood 2615146775913652140.
Career 254 195 150 2621 1926 4547 1241 383 0.8 0.6 10.3 7.6 17.9 4.9 1.5 57

Post-playing career

Brown became an assistant coach to Mick Malthouse after retiring, and in 2002 was awarded a spot in the Collingwood Team of the Century, as the fourth interchange player.[6] He was also an inaugural inductee in the Collingwood Football Club Hall of Fame.[7] In 2008 he was appointed senior coach of Collingwood's newly created VFL side.[8]

In 2008, he was inducted into the Australian Football Hall of Fame.[9]

In 2011, Brown moved to the Carlton Football Club, taking on an assistant coaching role.[10] After three seasons there, he signed with North Melbourne, also as an assistant coach.[1]


  1. Anderson, Jon (14 October 2013). "Gavin Brown quits job as Carlton assistant coach to move to North Melbourne". Herald Sun. Retrieved 19 October 2013.
  2. "Development". North Melbourne Football Club. Archived from the original on 18 April 2015. Retrieved 16 August 2015.
  3. Hinds, Richard (21 August 1993). "A simple man does it hard". The Sunday Age. Retrieved 1 May 2014.
  4. Lyon, Karen (4 August 2000). "Flag stars Brown, Crosisca call it quits". The Age. Retrieved 1 May 2014.
  5. Stephen Silvagni's player profile at AFL Tables
  6. "Collingwood Team of the Century". Retrieved 1 May 2014.
  7. "Collingwood Hall of Fame". Retrieved 1 May 2014.
  8. Witham, Jennifer (17 October 2007). "Brown to lead Magpies in VFL". Retrieved 1 May 2014.
  9. "Australian Football Hall of Fame - Players". Archived from the original on 21 October 2012.
  10. "Carlton appoints Harris as new Bullants coach". Australian Football League Coaches' Association. 4 November 2010. Retrieved 11 June 2011.
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