DOB: 14 August 1976
Debut: Round 4, 1998 against Carlton at Princes Park
Last Game: Round 22, 2007 against Carlton at MCG
From: Pinnaroo/West Adelaide, Selection #66, 1997 National Draft
Number: 41 (1998), 25 (2000-2007)
Life Member - 2007
'Doggy' Brown impressed on debut with a courageous display in Melbourne's Round 4, 1998 win over Carlton, but tore his hamstring and played just twice more that season. His 1999 campaign was ruined by a series of calf injuries and Brown was forced to travel to the AIS in Canberra to help build strength in his legs in order to avoid similar issues in the future. He returned for nine games in 2000, and may have played finals if not for serious concussion after a collision with Fremantle's Clive Waterhouse. The after-effects left him in hospital for a week with serious bruising to the frontal lobes of his brain.
2001 saw Brown finally earn a permanent spot in the side, playing 19 games as a running defender. He finished fourth in the 2002 Best and Fairest and was named Most Consistent Player of that year. 2003 saw another top ten finish before he ran second in the 2004 version.
Elevated to the club leadership group he had a good 2005, but an ankle injury early the next year restricted him to nine games. He returned for 19 games the following year, but with Melbourne out of finals contention and turning to younger players, Brown retired from AFL football.
Brown signed with West Adelaide in 2007 and became their captain for 2008. He spent three seasons there. In 2010 Brown, Russell Robertson and Adem Yze played for the Shepparton Swans and the next year he joined Southern Football League club Cheltenham as senior coach. In 2012 he became coach of Old Melburnians in the VAFA, remaining there through 2018.
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Courier Mail - 01/12/2013
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