Lions Hall of Fame member Norm Brown, Former Fitzroy Player has passed away, aged 79. Let us see More details about Norm Brown and his cause of death.
Norman Brown (born 6 August 1943) is a former Australian rules footballer who played with Fitzroy in the VFL. The Brisbane Lions are mourning the loss of triple Fitzroy best and fairest winner and Lions Hall of Fame member Norm Brown, who passed away on Thursday, aged 79. One of the Lions’ favorite sons, Brown played 181 VFL games and kicked 77 goals in a career at Fitzroy across 12 seasons, from 1962 to 1973.
The North Heidelberg recruit 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 and representing Victoria on eight occasions.
He might not have enjoyed a great deal of team success . He celebrated just 47 wins throughout his 181-game career and never played in Finals – but Brown’s impact on a struggling side was enormous.
Norm Brown – ‘Fitzroy: For the Love of the Jumper’
“I played (at Fitzroy) for about 12 years and had a terrific time,” Brown was quoted as saying in Chris Donald’s book – ‘Fitzroy: For the Love of the Jumper’.
“The downside of it was that we never made the Finals. I would have loved to play in a finals series with them . It would have put the icing on the cake. “I thoroughly enjoyed my stay at Fitzroy . I met an awful lot of terrific people, both on and off the field. I’ve gotten terrific memories and mates out of it.”
At just 191cm and 82kg, he was used largely as an under-sized ruckman . He proved as strong and courageous as any of his opponents. “I virtually rucked all day, and that can be good or bad for a big bloke,” he said.
Vice President in a Team
Brown spent six of his 12 seasons as Kevin ‘Bulldog’ Murray’s Vice-Captain at Fitzroy and was selected to represent Victoria on eight occasions. After hanging up his boots, Brown turned his attention to coaching and guided Port Melbourne to three VFA championships in 1974, 1976, and 1977. Brown then spent a brief period working as an assistant at Fitzroy in the early 1980s.
As an active member of Fitzroy’s Past Players & Officials Association, where he served as President for many years following the 1997 merger, he continued to be associated with the Club off the field.
He was instrumental in fusing the Fitzroy and Brisbane Lions’ histories together and in rallying his fellow ex-players behind the amalgamated organization.
Brown was a popular member of Fitzroy’s Team of the Century – which was revealed back in 2001 – and was formally inducted into the Brisbane Lions Hall of Fame in 2014.
Cause of death
The Brisbane Lions are mourning the loss of triple Fitzroy best and fairest winner and Lions Hall of Fame member Norm Brown, who passed away on Thursday, aged 79. No Official reason for the cause of death from the family.
One of the Lions’ favorite sons, Brown played 181 VFL games and kicked 77 goals in a career at Fitzroy across 12 seasons, from 1962 to 1973.
Footy mourns the loss of a Fitzroy great
His VFL/AFL legacy will now forever live on through the Brisbane Lions. The Club extends its sincerest condolences to Brown’s family at this difficult time.
— SuperFooty (AFL) (@superfooty) December 2, 2022
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