Full Name: MAL BROWN
Date of Birth: 26/10/1946
Height: 187 cm ( 6-1 1/2 )
Weight: 97 kg ( 15-4 )
Debut: 06/04/1974, Round 1, Hawthorn
Last Game: 17/08/1974, Round 20, Collingwood
Total Games: 14
Total Goals: 27
Malcolm Brown is still one of the biggest names in Australian Football. Originally from East Perth his services were sought by most Victorian League Clubs and before coming to Victoria he won the “Sandover Medal” in 1969 and ran second in 1972. He also represented Western Australia 16 times during his career and was All-Australian captain in 1972. A strong, robust player he played mainly on the forward line. He was a very team-orientated and “handy” to have around if trouble started. He was a clever player who did a lot of little things that supporters often miss such as tap-ons and shepherds. He was a member of East Perth’s 1972 Premiership side and he also won their Best and Fairest in 1969, 1970 and 1972. He spent just one season with Richmond and unfortunately missed playing in the Tigers 1974 Premiership side due to a late season suspension. He also received a one week suspension for his part in the infamous half time brawl at Windy Hill against Essendon. He returned to Western Australia in 1975.
On his return to the West, he coached Claremont before leading South Fremantle to the 1980 Premiership. “Big Mal”, as he was affectionately known, has had some controversial run-ins with various football authorities both during and since his playing career ended. During his football career he visited the tribunal some 25 times and once wore a jumper bearing the number 100 during a senior game in Western Australia. He also served as the West Australian Football Commissioner between 1987 and 1989 and is a Life Member of both the East Perth and South Fremantle Football Clubs. Between 1988 and 1991 he was the W.A State Chairman of Selectors.
He was the inaugural President of the Australian Football Coaches Association and a joint patron. He is also a patron of Fantasy Football. He moved to Melbourne, in 1993, where he joined the Richmond Football Club to work in the club’s Marketing Department. During the 1994 season he acted as the club’s General Manager for a short time, after Cameron Schwab resigned, and his frank, outspoken views sparked several changes within the Richmond Boardroom after several poor on-field performances. Immediately after the changes Richmond won their next six games and narrowly missed the Finals. Away from his football, he has become a successful author with the release of his first book in August, 1994, entitled “Mongrels that I’ve Met”.
He has been involved in senior football since 1965 and is one of the most qualified football people in Australia having played in and coached Premiership sides, won a Competition Best and Fairest, served as a state selector, held Senior Administrative positions, and also worked in marketing at Richmond. Malcolm is also a panellist on Channel 9’s Sunday Football Show and is a member of Radio 3AW’s commentary team. Away from football he was recently involved in the purchase of the old Olympic Hotel in Preston.
Dowerin State School ; East Perth Reserves 1964 ; East Perth Seniors 1965-73, Games 166, Goals 254 ( Honours - Premiership 1972, Captain/Coach 1971-73, WAFL Best & Fairest " Sandover Medal " 1969, Club Best & Fairest 1969-70, 1972, WA Representative Team Games 16 Goals 19 , All Australian Captain 1972, WA Representative Team Coach 1973 )
Claremont Captain/Coach 1975-76, Games 12, Goals 18 ; South Fremantle 1977, Games 10, Goals 8 ; South Fremantle Senior Coach 1978-84,1992 ( Honours - Premiership 1980 ) ; Perth Senior Coach 1985-87 ; WA representative Team Coach 1981-82, 1988.