Dave Bryden

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Dave Bryden
Personal information
Full name Dave Bryden
Nickname(s) Miner
Date of birth (1927-06-23)23 June 1927
Place of birth Wonthaggi
Date of death 30 August 2013(2013-08-30) (aged 86)[1]
Place of death Broadmeadows
Original team(s) Wonthaggi
Height 187 cm (6 ft 2 in)
Weight 86 kg (190 lb)
Position(s) Ruckman
Playing career1
Years Club Games (Goals)
1947–1955 Footscray 147 (56)
Representative team honours
Years Team Games (Goals)
1951 Victoria 3 (?)
1 Playing statistics correct to the end of 1955.
2 State and international statistics correct as of 1951.
Sources: AFL Tables, AustralianFootball.com

Dave Bryden (23 June 1927 – 30 August 2013) was an Australian rules footballer in the Victorian Football League (VFL).

Bryden was an old school ruckman-cum-back pocket recruited from Wonthaggi, Victoria who, at his prime was considered one of the best ruckmen in the Victorian Football League.[2] Bryden played for the Victorian interstate team in 1951 and was second best on ground in the 1954 VFL Grand Final. He played for the Bulldogs between 1947 and 1955, kicking 56 goals in 147 games.[2] After leaving Footscray he coached and played for Nhill in country Victoria for three years. He coached to finals in 2 of the 3 years. He then returned to Melbourne and played for Kensington in the Sunday league at the age of 31 for 3 seasons. He won the best and fairest in each of the 3 years at that club.


  1. ^ http://tributes.heraldsun.com.au/notice/2074084/view
  2. ^ a b Holmesby, Russell; Main, Jim (2003). The Encyclopedia of AFL Footballers: every AFL/VFL player since 1897 (5th ed.). Melbourne, Victoria: Crown Content. p. 84. ISBN 1-74095-032-1.

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