Leigh Brown

Leigh Brown (born 23 February 1982) is a former Australian rules football player who played for Fremantle, North Melbourne and finally Collingwood in the Australian Football League. He is a Collingwood premiership player. After the 2011 Grand Final Brown retired and was announced as Melbourne's forward coach.[1] He is renowned for his tackling ability as well as his Utility roles.

Leigh Brown
Personal information
Full name Leigh Brown
Nickname(s) The Anvil
Date of birth (1982-02-23) 23 February 1982
Original team(s) Gippsland Power (TAC Cup)
Draft No. 5, 1999 National Draft, Fremantle
No. 73, 2008 National Draft, Collingwood
Height 194 cm (6 ft 4 in)
Weight 104 kg (229 lb)
Position(s) Utility
Playing career1
Years Club Games (Goals)
2000–2002 Fremantle 063 0(20)
2003–2008 North Melbourne 118 0(64)
2009–2011 Collingwood 065 0(54)
Total 246 (138)
1 Playing statistics correct to the end of 2011.
Career highlights
Sources: AFL Tables, AustralianFootball.com

On 21 May 2011, he became the second player in VFL/AFL history to play 50 games for three clubs when Collingwood played Adelaide.[2]

Early life

Brown is originally from Heyfield and played under 18 football with the Gippsland Power in the TAC Cup where he attracted the attention of talent scouts.

Brown was drafted to the Fremantle Dockers with the fifth selection in the 1999 AFL Draft.

AFL career


He made his AFL debut in 2000, playing 21 out of a possible 22 games in his debut year. He would play a further 21 games in each of the next two seasons and was named Fremantle's Best Clubman in 2001. He played 63 games at Fremantle also kicking 20 goals.

North Melbourne

Brown moved to the North Melbourne after being traded in 2002 for selection 13, which Fremantle used to draft Byron Schammer. He continued to be solid key position player who could hold his own at both ends of the ground. Prior to 2008, Brown had played in at least 21 matches in every season of his AFL career. Brown was delisted by the Kangaroos at the end of 2008. At North Melbourne Brown played 118 games and booted 64 goals.


Brown was recruited to Collingwood after the 2008 season with selection 73 in the national draft. He played 23 games for Collingwood in 2009 and kicked 10 goals.

His 2010 season was extremely productive, to the point of holding former No. 1 Draft pick Josh Fraser out of the team. He has played a variety of roles, earning him the title "Mr Fix It" from Malcolm Blight and numerous commentators. Perhaps his best effort came against St Kilda, where he booted 3 goals and lead his team to a great victory to see them take top place on the AFL ladder heading into the Finals series. Brown capped off a memorable year in 2010 by playing an important role in Collingwood's Premiership victory.

On 1 September 2011, Brown announced his retirement, effective from the end of the season.[3]


In 2011, Brown accepted a role from Melbourne Football Club to be their forward line coach. In November 2013, Brown accepted an offer to coach TAC Cup Under 18 team Gippsland Power for the 2014 season (replacing Nick Stevens).


 G  Goals  B  Behinds  K  Kicks  H  Handballs  D  Disposals  M  Marks  T  Tackles  H/O  Hit-outs
Season Team No. Games G B K H D M T H/O G B K H D M T H/O
Totals Averages (per game)
2000 Fremantle 30212111152163541950.
2001 Fremantle 302186151692208222200.
2002 Fremantle 3021108132822147535200.
2003 Kangaroos 1622106135702057535500.
2004 Kangaroos 1621159141972387344730.
2005 Kangaroos 1623341271072348829120.
2006 Kangaroos 16218516312628911730130.
2007 Kangaroos 162221161241022267838171.
2008 North Melbourne 169765160111362290.
2009 Collingwood 152310171241232477668790.
2010 Collingwood 151921101311012328678931.
2011 Collingwood 1523231716012228286821201.
Career 246 138 105 1550 1111 2661 926 502 511 0.6 0.4 6.3 4.5 10.8 3.8 2.0 2.1


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