|Date of birth||19 July 1964|
|Place of birth||Warrnambool, Victoria|
|Date of death||5 March 2016(aged 51)|
|Place of death||Apollo Bay, Victoria|
|Debut||Round 5, 1985, Geelong
vs. North Melbourne, at Kardinia Park
|Height||180 cm (5 ft 11 in)|
|Weight||82 kg (181 lb)|
|Representative team honours|
1 Playing statistics correct to the end of 1997.
|Sources: AFL Tables, AustralianFootball.com|
Prior to playing with Geelong, Couch initially tried out with Fitzroy but was rejected for being too slow.
Couch played 259 games and kicked 203 goals for the Cats from 1985 to 1997 and won the coveted Brownlow Medal in 1989. He was recruited from the Warrnambool Football Club and, though never blessed with pace and very "one-sided" on his trusty left boot, had the ability to make position and place his team to advantage throughout twelve (often knee injury–ridden) years.
As a traditional "centreman", Couch was the pivot for the leading teams of 1989–1995 although Geelong failed to win a premiership during that time. Although lacking outright pace, he had a strong work ethic, along with a good football brain and disposal skills. This made Couch a highly-respected centreman during his career.
Couch represented Victoria five times, was named All-Australian two times (1991, 1995) and won three club best and fairest awards (1986, 1989, 1995), as well as being named in Geelong's Team of the Century.
Couch was known for his broad toothy smile. He formed a strong partnership in the midfield with good friend Mark Bairstow. Together, they both serviced tenured forwards Gary Ablett and Billy Brownless with pinpoint passes.
Couch's son Tom Couch played three games for the Melbourne Football Club before being delisted in 2013. He is currently signed to Collingwood's VFL. Couch's nephew, Nick Couch, plays for the North Ballarat Football Club in the Victorian Football League (VFL). His father, Bill Couch, played in the Hampden Football League for the Warrnambool Football Club, winning the club's best and fairest twice and playing in four premierships. Couch's two brothers, Bill and Peter, also played for Warrnambool.
Couch died on 5 March 2016, from a reported heart attack in Apollo Bay, Victoria, while cycling with friends.
|Brownlow Medal votes|
|Green / Bold = Won|
|Led the league for the season only|
|Led the league after finals only|
|Led the league after season and finals|
|Totals||Averages (per game)|
Honours and achievements
- Mithen, Anthony (9 August 1996). "Couch keeps 'choofin' on', and on, and on". The Age.
- Homfray, Reece. "Couch goes from suburban footy to AFL". AdelaideNow. News Limited. Retrieved 12 July 2012.
- "Australian Football 150 years, Hampden Football League, Warrnambool" (PDF).
- Minear, Tom (5 March 2016). "Paul Couch dies: Geelong Brownlow medallist suffers fatal heart attack". Herald Sun.
- Paul Couch's player profile at AFL Tables