|Date of birth||14 August 1907|
|Date of death||15 August 1984(aged 77)|
|Original team(s)||South Melbourne Districts|
|Height / weight||173 cm / 70 kg|
|1928–1937||South Melbourne||141 (198)|
1 Playing statistics correct to the end of 1937.
|Sources: AFL Tables, AustralianFootball.com|
The son of a boot repairer, Brain grew up in the South Melbourne area but boarded in Clifton Hill, which was in opposing team Collingwood's recruiting zone. Following Collingwood's request to transfer Brain, South Melbourne named him in the senior side in 1928. A lightly built rover, Brain was one of the few Victorians in the South Melbourne side of the 1930s which was known as the 'foreign legion'. Brain played 141 games for the club, including the 1933 VFL Grand Final win when he kicked two goals. He won South Melbourne's Best and Fairest in 1934. Brain initially retired football at the end of 1937, but then played a season under throw-pass rules with Victorian Football Association club Camberwell in 1938.
- Main, J. "Swan Lake", AFL Grand Final Record, 2005, p. 52.
- "L. Nash and South – player wants clearance". Record. Emerald Hill, VIC. 16 April 1938. p. 1.
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