Career : 1942
Debut and Only Game: Round 8, 1942 vs St Kilda, aged 28 years, 111 days
Carlton Player No. 575
Goals : 0
Guernsey No. 34
Height : 178 cm ( 5 ft. 10 in.)
Weight : 83 kg ( 13 stone, 1 lb.)
DOB: 8 March, 1914
Image: "Aussie Rules The Glory Years" Francis Doherty (p87) Boyles Photo.
Ivor Ashton Brown was a well-travelled footballer who wore Carlton’s number 34 guernsey for the first and only time in an emphatic victory over St Kilda in 1942. A local boy who was born in Northcote and played senior football at Coburg prior to World War II, his wartime duties as an aircraft mechanic in the RAAF prevented him from settling in one place, so he pulled on his boots whenever he could get a game.
Brown’s regular nickname was Bill or Billy, and this caused headaches among football historians and statisticians for many years – especially since his surname was such a common one. We have managed to ascertain that Brown played in a back pocket in his one outing for the Blues, minding St Kilda’s resting ruckmen. Next to him a full-back was George ‘Fibby’ Gniel, with Bob Atkinson looking after the resting rovers in the opposite pocket.
It was a relatively stress-free day for the Blues’ defenders on that June afternoon, as Carlton jumped to a 15-point lead at half time and steadily pulled further away. Of interest is that that win turned out to be the first of ten in a row for Carlton, and one wonders if Brown’s quick departure came by choice, or by circumstance.
In 1943 Ivor played twice for Collingwood and it was widely believed that he went to Geelong, but never played any senior football with Geelong and is not to be confused with Ian Brown who made 16 appearances in 1944 and ’45.
Brown passed away on the 10th October, 1980 aged 66.
Image; Courtesy of Collingwood Forever web site.
Back Row; Jack Bennett, Arthur Sanger, Ivor Brown, Jack Wrout, George Bailey, George Gniel, Bert Deacon, Paul Schmidt.
Middle Row; Bob Chitty, Jim Mooring, Jim Francis, Charlie McInnes, Lance Collins, Ollie Grieve.
Front Row; Vin Brown, Fred Fitzgibbon, Bob Atkinson, Jim Knight.
19th man Jim Baird missing
Charles Boyles Photo/Aussie Rules The Glory Years (p87)