Dave Brown

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Career Stats & Summary

Vital Statistics

Born
Friday, 4th April, 1913
Died
Sunday, 24th February, 1974 (Aged 60 years and 326 days)
Place Of Birth
Hurstville, New South Wales, Australia

Awards & Accolades

Australian Hall Of Fame
2003

Biography

The deeds of Dave Brown, ‘the Bradman of League’ have stood the test of time. A product of Christian Brothers Waverley, Brown joined Easts as a 16-year-old schoolboy in 1930 and played first grade later that year. A dashing centre, Brown's loss of hair through illness in the summer of 1931-32 resulted in his wearing trademark headgear. He made his debut for NSW in 1931and was named State captain the following year at age 19! Selected to tour with the 1933-34 Kangaroos, he played in 32 matches (equal highest with the great Newcastle lock Wally Prigg) and scored a tour record 285 pts (19t, 114g), which may never be bettered. Brown was not a recognised goal-kicker before the tour but returned to Australia to post records that stood for decades. Brown played in three Tests against England in 1933-34 before becoming Australia’s youngest Test captain (22 years, 177 days) on the 1935 tour of NZ. That season proved to be a remarkable year for the champion centre. Brown scored 244 pts with Easts - a record that was not broken until Eric Simms in 1969 – and 385 pts in all matches. Brown's tally included 38 tries for the season and 45pts in one match (5t, 15g against C’bury) both of which remain records to this day! The following year, Brown became the youngest Test captain in an Anglo-Australian Test series (bettered by Reg Gasnier in1962). Brown also captained the champion Easts club to premiership titles in 1935-36 before being signed by English club Warrington at the end of 1936 on a lucrative contract. Brown cut short his four years in England to return to Easts at the end of 1939 and captain-coached the club to win the 1940 premiership. The following year, at age 28, he announced his retirement after the club's loss to St George in the 1941 grand final. Brown was the NSWRL’s School Liaison Officer in 1959 and was 'unofficial' coach of the South African team that played two Tests in Australia in 1963. He continued to work tirelessly for the code before his death from cancer in 1974. An interesting note: prior to the Clive Churchill Medal being struck in 1986, players in the grand final used to vie for the 'Dave Brown’ Medallion'.

- ALAN WHITICKER

Career Statistics

All statistics shown in this section are based only on data available in the RLP database, and are not necessarily a complete and/or 100% accurate representation of a player's career. This information should be used as a guide only. If you see a question mark (?), it denotes that the figure is not available.

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International

Test Matches - By Team

Team Years App T G   GK % FG Pts W L D Win %  
Australia 1933, 1935-36 9 7 26   - 73 3 6 0 33.33% Match list
Overall 1933-1936 9 7 26   0 73 3 6 0 33.33% Match list

International Matches - By Team

Team Years App T G   GK % FG Pts W L D Win %  
Australia 1933 1 1 9   - 21 1 0 0 100.00% Match list
Dominion XIII 1937 1 - -   - - 1 0 0 100.00% Match list
Overall 1933-1937 2 1 9   0 21 2 0 0 100.00% Match list


Representative

Australia - By Team

Team Years App T G   GK % FG Pts W L D Win %  
NSW Firsts 1931-36 28 19 62   - 181 20 7 1 71.43% Match list
NSW City Probables 1931-32 2 1 2   - 7 2 0 0 100.00% Match list
Metropolis 1932 2 - -   - - 0 2 0 0.00% Match list
NSW City Firsts 1932, 1934-36 4 1 6   - 15 4 0 0 100.00% Match list
NSW City Seconds 1933 1 - 1   - 2 1 0 0 100.00% Match list
NSW City Possibles 1933 1 - -   - - 0 1 0 0.00% Match list
Sydney Firsts 1936 1 1 1   - 5 0 1 0 0.00% Match list
Overall 1931-1936 39 22 72   0 210 27 11 1 69.23% Match list


Club Career

Australian League Matches - By Year

Team Years App T G   GK % FG Pts W L D Win %  
Eastern Suburbs NSWRFL 1930 7 6 -   - 18 5 2 0 71.43% Match list
Eastern Suburbs NSWRFL 1931 13 7 19   2 63 9 4 0 69.23% Match list
Eastern Suburbs NSWRFL 1932 11 7 5   - 31 7 4 0 63.64% Match list
Eastern Suburbs NSWRFL 1933 6 6 4   - 26 3 3 0 50.00% Match list
Eastern Suburbs NSWRFL 1934 15 11 44   - 121 11 4 0 73.33% Match list
Eastern Suburbs NSWRFL 1935 15 38 65   - 244 14 1 0 93.33% Match list
Eastern Suburbs NSWRFL 1936 11 15 23   - 91 10 0 1 90.91% Match list
Eastern Suburbs NSWRFL 1939 ? 1 7   - 17  
Eastern Suburbs NSWRFL 1940 ? - 3   - 6  
Eastern Suburbs NSWRFL 1941 ? 2 22   - 50  
Overall 1930-1941 ? 93 192   2 667 ? ? ? ?  

Australian League Matches - By Team

Team Years App T G   GK % FG Pts W L D Win %  
Eastern Suburbs 1930-36 78 93 192   2 667 59 18 1 75.64% Match list
Overall 1930-1941 ? 93 192   2 667 ? ? ? ?  

Australian Finals Matches - By Team

Team Years App T G   GK % FG Pts W L D Win %  
Eastern Suburbs 1930-32, 1934-36 9 7 5   - 31 4 5 0 44.44% Match list
Overall 1930-1936 9 7 5   0 31 4 5 0 44.44% Match list

All Australian Club Matches - By Team

Team Years App T G   GK % FG Pts W L D Win %  
Eastern Suburbs 1930-36, 1941 80 93 192   2 667 60 19 1 75.00% Match list
Overall 1930-1941 80 93 192   2 667 60 19 1 75.00% Match list

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League Fan says: Dave Brown certainly was the "Bradman of League" (14/05/2015)

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