David Dench

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David Dench
Personal information
Full name David Dench
Date of birth (1951-08-23) 23 August 1951 (age 67)
Original team(s) West Coburg (EDFL)[1]
Height 191 cm (6 ft 3 in)
Weight 89 kg (196 lb)
Playing career1
Years Club Games (Goals)
1969–1984 North Melbourne 275 (29)[1]
Representative team honours
Years Team Games (Goals)
Victoria 4 (0)
1 Playing statistics correct to the end of 1984.
Career highlights
Sources: AFL Tables, AustralianFootball.com

David Dench (born (1951-08-23) 23 August 1951 (age 67))[2] 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.

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.[1] 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[edit]

In 2000 Dench was inducted into the Australian Football Hall of Fame.[2]

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.

In 2008, Dench served 4 months in jail for his minor role in a scheme to defraud Victoria University out of millions of dollars.[3]


  1. ^ a b c "David Dench". Past Players. North Melbourne Football Club. Retrieved 2010-12-15.
  2. ^ a b "AFL Hall of Fame Players". Australian Football League. Retrieved 2010-12-15.
  3. ^ Rout, Milanda (9 July 2008). "David Dench jailed for role in fraud". The Australian. Retrieved 2010-12-15.

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