Brent Crosswell

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Brent Crosswell
Personal information
Full name Brent 'Tiger' Tasman Crosswell
Nickname(s) Tiger
Date of birth (1950-08-08) 8 August 1950 (age 66)
Place of birth Launceston, Tasmania
Original team(s) Campbell Town
Height / weight 188 cm / 86 kg
Position(s) Utility
Playing career
Years Club Games (Goals)
1968–1975 Carlton 098 0(92)
1975–1979 North Melbourne 076 (108)
1980–1982 Melbourne 048 0(57)
Total 222 (257)
Career highlights
Sources: AFL Tables,

Brent Tasman Crosswell (born 8 August 1950 in Launceston, Tasmania)[1] is a former Australian rules footballer who represented Carlton, North Melbourne and Melbourne in the Victorian Football League (VFL) during the 1960s, 1970s and 1980s. A charismatic and versatile player, Crosswell is part of a select group of VFL/AFL footballers to have won premierships with two clubs.

Early life and career[edit]

The son of Darrell and Ruby Crosswell (née Parsons),[1] and cousin of Craig Davis,[2] Crosswell was educated at Scotch College in Launceston, where he excelled both as a footballer and a high-jumper.

Recruited from Northern Tasmanian club Campbell Town, Crosswell made his VFL debut in 1968 for Carlton. A solid debut season earned him Carlton's 'best first year player' award. They won the 1968 Grand Final by three points. Crosswell was one of Carlton's best players in the famous 1970 Grand Final victory over Collingwood, and fittingly it was he who kicked the goal that put Carlton in front deep into the final quarter. He missed the 1972 premiership through illness.[3]

In 1975 he left Carlton and went to North Melbourne and play a crucial role during the club's golden period, adding two more premierships to his resume. Crosswell's finals form cannot be faulted and he featured in the best players list in all his Grand Finals appearances, except in 1976 when he injured himself against Geelong in muddy conditions the previous week. Not be discounted, the selection committee at the club selected Crosswell in the 1976 Grand Final side and gave North Melbourne a needed boost, but this was only temporary as his endurance was waning and the injury prevented him to give 100% that he wanted to show. When Barassi decided to leave North Melbourne, Crosswell moved to his third club, Melbourne, in 1980 and spent his final three seasons of football there, to end a career with one of the most Grand Final appearances by a player at the time: nine VFL Grand Finals.

Croswell is said to be the inspiration for Tasmanian footballer Geoff Hayward in David Williamson's 1977 play The Club.[4]

Croswell studied an arts degree at Monash University, a period when he spoke out against the Vietnam War, marched in the Moratorium marches. He also advocated strike action to address the exploitative pay conditions of professional football players.

Post playing career[edit]

Since the end of his career, Crosswell has suffered from Meniere's disease.[5] His football achievements received formal recognition when he was one of the inaugural inductees into the Tasmanian Football Hall of Fame in 2005.[6] In July 2012, he was upgraded to Icon status.[5]



  • Flanagan, Martin (2008). "1970". The Last Quarter – A Trilogy. Camberwell East: One Day Hill. 

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