Jason Love (footballer)

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Jason Love
Personal information
Full name Jason Love
Date of birth (1965-12-03) 3 December 1965 (age 51)
Original team(s) Port Melbourne
Height / weight 182 cm / 86 kg
Playing career1
Years Club Games (Goals)
1986–1989 North Melbourne 45 0(69)
1991–1992 Sydney Swans 23 0(54)
Total 68 (123)
1 Playing statistics correct to the end of 1992.
Career highlights
Sources: AFL Tables, AustralianFootball.com

Jason Love (born 3 December 1965) is a former Australian rules footballer who played in the Australian Football League (AFL).

Playing career[edit]

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.

Coaching career[edit]

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.[1] Love was suspended for a total of eight years[2] 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.

Love now lives in Victoria; he had his application for an amnesty from his suspension to coach the Port Melbourne Colts rejected in 2011 [3] but was cleared to coach at the end of 2012.[4]


  1. ^ Blucher, Peter (21 September 2004). "No Love lost as coach faces ban". The Age. p. 12. 
  2. ^ "Eight-year ban for ex-Swan". The Sydney Morning Herald. Australian Associated Press. 24 February 2005. Retrieved 10 October 2011. 
  3. ^ Piva, Andrew (11 February 2010). "Footy brawl coach wants second chance". The Cairns Post. Retrieved 10 October 2011. 
  4. ^ Flynn, Joe (23 November 2012). "Cairns 'Footbrawl' coach wins return to sideline". The Cairns Post. Retrieved 10 April 2013. 

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