Jason Love (footballer)
|Full name||Jason Love|
|Date of birth||3 December 1965|
|Original team(s)||Port Melbourne|
|Height / weight||182 cm / 86 kg|
1 Playing statistics correct to the end of 1992.
|Sources: AFL Tables, AustralianFootball.com|
Originally from Port Melbourne Football Club in the Victorian Football Association (VFA), Love moved to the North Melbourne in 1986 and struggled for a regular run in the senior side. He went on to play with the club until 1989, playing 45 games for 69 goals.
Known as "Jack", in 1991 Love booted 52 goals in his first year at the Sydney Swans to lead their goalkicking for that year. After the 1992 season Love's AFL career ended, having played 23 games for 54 goals with the Swans.
In the 2004 AFL Cairns Grand Final, Love, the coach of the North Cairns Tigers, instigated a wild and violent bench-clearing brawl that involved his players, fans and team officials. Love was suspended for a total of eight years by the league for a string of charges arising from the melee, including striking three opposition players and abusing and threatening the field umpires when they went to report him, and bringing the game of AFL in Queensland into disrepute, with his players being suspended for a combined total of 400 matches (with suspensions ranging from 10 matches to five years) for starting the brawl. AFL Cairns declared the Grand Final a "no result" and withheld the 2004 premiership.
- Blucher, Peter (21 September 2004). "No Love lost as coach faces ban". The Age. p. 12.
- "Eight-year ban for ex-Swan". The Sydney Morning Herald. Australian Associated Press. 24 February 2005. Retrieved 10 October 2011.
- Piva, Andrew (11 February 2010). "Footy brawl coach wants second chance". The Cairns Post. Retrieved 10 October 2011.
- Flynn, Joe (23 November 2012). "Cairns 'Footbrawl' coach wins return to sideline". The Cairns Post. Retrieved 10 April 2013.
- Jason Love's statistics from AFL Tables