Norm Dare

Norman Bernard Dare (born 10 September 1948) is a former Australian rules football coach and player, most notable for coaching five premierships in the Queensland Australian Football League (QAFL).

Norm Dare
Personal information
Full name Norman Bernard Dare
Date of birth (1948-09-10) 10 September 1948
Original team(s) Macleod-Rosanna
Height 183 cm (6 ft 0 in)
Weight 73 kg (161 lb)
Position(s) Wing
Playing career
Years Club Games (Goals)
1968–74 Fitzroy 69 (23)
1975–76 West Torrens 15 (22)
1977 Fitzroy 2 (0)
Coaching career
Years Club Games (W–L–D)
1980–1981 Kedron
1982–1988 Southport
1990 Brisbane Bears 22 (4–18–0)
2004–2005 Southport
2011–2013 Southport
Career highlights
  • Queensland Team of the Century: coach
  • QAFL premierships (all as coach)
    • Kedron: 1980
    • Southport: 1983, 1985, 1987, 2005
Sources: AFL Tables,

Playing career

Dare initially played league football for Fitzroy in the Victorian Football League (VFL), where he played 70 games between 1968 and 1974. He moved to West Torrens in the South Australian National Football League (SANFL) in 1975, most notable for his actions in the Round 15, 1975, match against West Adelaide, when Dare managed to jump the fence and hide amongst the crowd to prevent Torrens from being penalised in a head count.[1] He returned to Fitzroy in 1977, and played only two more senior games before retiring from playing.

Coaching career

Following the end of his playing career, Dare remained at Fitzroy and served two seasons as reserves coach. In 1980 he moved to Queensland, and coached the Kedron Football Club to a QAFL premiership in 1980. In 1982, he moved to Southport. He coached there from 1982–1988, and was the club's inaugural QAFL coach when it moved to the state's top league from the Gold Coast Australian Football League in 1983. Dare won three QAFL premierships with Southport during that time, in 1983, 1985 and 1987.[2] In 1989, Dare moved to the Brisbane Bears in the VFL/AFL as an assistant coach, and then as senior coach in 1990, but both seasons resulted in wooden spoons, which ended Dare's coaching career with the Bears. He continued to serve in an administrative role with the club during the early 1990s. While active as a coach during this time, Dare also regularly coached Queensland in interstate football.[3]

In the 1990s, Dare left Queensland to serve in assistant coaching roles at North Melbourne (1996 to 2000), then Geelong (2001 to 2003). He returned for a second two-year stint at Southport in 2004, winning another premiership with the club in 2005, after which he stepped aside. In 2011, he returned to coach Southport (now in the North East Australian Football League) for a third time,[3] where he was senior coach for a further three years.[4]


In 2003, Dare was named as the coach of Queensland's official 'Team of the Century'.[5]


  1. Kingston, Geoff (11 August 1975), "Fred fades out in confusion", The Advertiser, Adelaide, p. 16
  2. "Memorable Moments - 1982". Southport Football Club. Retrieved 25 September 2011.
  3. "Dare is 'new' Southport coach". AFL Queensland. Retrieved 25 September 2011.
  4. "Angus to coach Sharks in 2014". North East Australian Football League. 23 October 2013. Retrieved 19 January 2014.
  5. "Queensland Team of the Century". AFL Queensland. Retrieved 25 September 2011.
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