|Full name||David Dench|
|Date of birth||23 August 1951|
|Original team(s)||West Coburg (EDFL)|
|Height||191 cm (6 ft 3 in)|
|Weight||89 kg (196 lb)|
|1969–1984||North Melbourne||275 (29)|
|Representative team honours|
1 Playing statistics correct to the end of 1984.
|Sources: AFL Tables, AustralianFootball.com|
David Dench (born  is a former Australian rules footballer in the (then) Victorian Football League. He played his whole career with North Melbourne Football Club at one of its most successful periods.23 August 1951 )
Dench played full-back. Dench won the North Melbourne club's best and fairest award, the Syd Barker Medal, on four occasions - 1971, 1976, 1977, 1981. David Dench was one of the youngest captains appointed in the club's history. He also captained the 1977 premiership team, due to Keith Greig's absence because of an injury. In the 1977 VFL Grand Final, Ron Barassi moved him to the forward line, where he sparked North Melbourne Football Club's revival by contributing to the forward line and kicking goals, to draw with Collingwood Football Club.
Post AFL career and personal life
His daughter, Michelle is a distinguished Australian sportswoman. She played high level basketball before taking up Australian football playing over 100 games for her club Melbourne University. She also represented Victoria and Australia as well as captaining her club to a premiership.
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