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Playing Career
1962-1973 – Fitzroy

Games
181

Goals
77

Playing Honours
Fitzroy Best & Fairest – 1965, 1966, 1967
Victorian Representative (8 times)
Fitzroy Team of the Century
Lions Life Member

 

 

Long before Jonathan Brown roamed the forward line at the Gabba, another ‘Brown’ helped lead the way for the Lions during some lean years at Fitzroy.

Along with Hall of Fame Legend Kevin Murray, NORM Brown was one of few shining lights for the ‘Roys in the 1960s and early 1970s, winning three successive Best and Fairest awards between 1965 and 1967 – one of only five players to achieve the elusive Club Champion three-peat – and representing Victoria on eight occasions.

While he was by no means pretty to watch on the field, Brown was as strong and courageous as any ruckman of his time, and almost single-handedly carried his team throughout a difficult period in the Club’s history.

He might not have enjoyed a great deal of team success – in fact, he celebrated just 47 wins throughout his 181-game career and never played in Finals – but the North Heidelberg recruit’s impact on a struggling side was enormous.

Brown spent six of his 12 seasons as ‘Bulldog’ Murray’s Vice-Captain, and was a popular member of Fitzroy’s Team of the Century – which was revealed back in 2001.