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Dave Brown


Player Bio

Date of Birth:
04 April 1913
Kogarah, NSW
The Bradman of Rugby League, Brownie
Debut Team:
Eastern Suburbs
09 August 1930
St George
Earl Park, Arncliffe
4 games for City Firsts, 1 game for City Seconds, 1 game for Metropolis, 1 game for Sydney, 1 game for Kangaroos, 19 games for NSW Interstate Series, 3 games for NSW Touring Sides, 9 Test Matches for Australia, 31 Tour Matches for Australia
Eastern Suburbs (1930-1936, 1939-1941), Warrington (1936-1939)



  • Youngest Player to Captain Australia Age 22 (1935)
  • Premiership Record for Most Points in a Game: 45 (1935)
  • Premiership Record for Most Tries in a Season: 38 (1935)
  • No.9 Ranked Rugby League Week's Top 100 Players (1992)
  • Sydney Roosters Team of the Century (2000)
  • Australian Rugby League Hall of Fame (2003)
  • International Rugby League Hall of Fame (2003)
  • Australian Rugby League's 100 Greatest Players (2007)
  • New South Wales Team of the Century (2008)
  • Sydney Roosters Hall of Fame (2010)
  • Rugby League Immortal (2018)


Dave Brown, Sydney Rooster #202, is well known as one of Easts most prolific point scorers and is referred to as the ‘Bradman of League’. He played 94 games for the Tricolours between 1930 and 1941 and coached the Club on 84 occasions.

After debuting for Easts in 1930, Brown suffered from a rare illness and in 1931 lost all his hair. He donned a leather headgear that became his trademark and dominated Rugby League both for the Roosters and for Australia.

Hall Of Fame | Dave Brown

Brown still holds the record for most tries scored in a season with 38, en route to the Club's 5th Premiership in 1935. He was the youngest player to captain Australia, at only 22 years old.

Following his esteemed career on the field, Brown took over the head coaching role in 1943, before returning for three seasons between 1957-1959.

Following retirement, the unofficial award for man of the match in the Grand Final was the Dave Brown Medallion until 1986 where it was renamed the Clive Churchill Medal. 

He was named in the Australian Rugby League's 100 Greatest Players in 2007 and the New South Wales Team of the Century in 2008, before becoming a Rugby League Immortal in 2018. 

"Brownie is one of those fellows whom it is impossible to convince of his own greatness."

Viv Thicknesse Former teammate

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