Malcolm "Mal" Brown (born 26 October 1946) is a former Australian rules footballer in the Victorian Football League and West Australian National Football League. He is described as "one of the most colorful and controversial characters" of the game.
|Full name||Malcolm Brown|
|Date of birth||26 October 1946|
|Height||187 cm (6 ft 2 in)|
|Weight||97 kg (214 lb)|
|1965–1973||East Perth||166 (254)|
|1977||South Fremantle||10 (9)|
|Representative team honours|
|1966–1973||Western Australia||16 (20)|
|1970–1973||East Perth||91 (61–30–0)|
|1973, 1981–82, 1988||Western Australia||8 (4–4–0)|
|1978–1984; 1992||South Fremantle||182 (119–62–1)|
1 Playing statistics correct to the end of 1977.
3 Coaching statistics correct as of 1992.
|Sources: AFL Tables, AustralianFootball.com|
He was made captain/coach of East Perth in 1970 and in this capacity he led them to their 1972 premiership. At the celebrations after the game as captain he was invited to drinks with the club hierarchy. Upon requesting that the rest of the team be able to join them, and being denied, he hence took the team to the nearby Norwood Hotel for their own celebration, to the displeasure of the club president, F.D. Book.
The end of this season also saw him lead East Perth as they competed in the 1972 Championship of Australia. In a match against Carlton he got into several fights taking a dislike to their treatment of some of his team mates.
Brown moved to play in the VFL with the Richmond Football Club for the 1974 season. This earned him recognition in Victoria, where he was considered a highly controversial character. He played 14 games and booted 25 goals as a ruck-rover for the Tigers, but did not play in the 1974 Grand Final due to suspension for throwing the ball at an umpire.
He returned to Western Australia in 1975 and was appointed the player-coach for Claremont. He was banned him from holding an official position with the club in 1976 after he sent a previously replaced player back out on the field, before interchange players were allowed, and he was replaced as coach by Graham Moss in 1977.
In 1985, after eight years in charge at South Fremantle, he moved to coach Perth. He stayed there for 3 years before retiring to join the WAFL Commission. He returned to coach South Fremantle for one more year in 1992 before retiring from coaching for the last time.
He was a regular panelist on The Footy Show
In 2004, Brown was inducted into the West Australian Football Hall of Fame.
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- East, Alan, ed. (September 2006). The Sandover Medal Men. Noranda, WA: Alan East. pp. 259–264. ISBN 0-9775813-0-6.
- WA's most controversial moments in sport Archived 16 December 2008 at the Wayback Machine; The West Australian; 2007-06-04
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- Slattery, Geoff (2010). The Brownlow: A Tribute to the Greats of Australian Football. Slattery Media Group. pp. 180–. ISBN 9780980744743. Retrieved 25 June 2014.
- South Fremantle Football Club History
- Brown, Mal; Hansen, Brian (1994). Mal Brown and Mongrels I've Met. Mt Waverley: Brian Edward Hansen. ISBN 0-646-17695-1.
- Moran, Albert; Keating, Chris (4 August 2009). The A to Z of Australian Radio and Television. Scarecrow Press. pp. 168–. ISBN 9780810870222. Retrieved 25 June 2014.
- Hall of Fame Inductees
- Hogan P: The Tigers of Old, Richmond FC, Melbourne 1996
- Mal Brown's playing statistics from AFL Tables
- WAFL profile
- Mal Brown player profile page at WAFLFootyFacts