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Height/Weight  192 cm / 102 kg
Height  1.92 m
Name  Billy Brownless

1986–1997  Geelong
Years  Club
Spouse  Nicky Brownless
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Full name  Anthony William Brownless
Date of birth  (1967-01-28) 28 January 1967 (age 48)
Place of birth  Jerilderie, New South Wales
Role  Australian Rules Footballer
Education  Assumption College - Kil
Children  Ruby Brownless, Lucy Brownless, Oscar Brownless
TV shows  The AFL Footy Show, The Sunday Footy Show
Similar People  James Brayshaw, Garry Lyon, Sam Newman, Shane Crawford, Gary Ablett - Sr

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Anthony William Brownless (born 28 January 1967) is a former Australian rules footballer and media personality who represented Geelong in the Australian Football League (AFL) during the 1980s and 1990s.


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Life and career

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Brownless was born and raised in Jerilderie, a rural town in New South Wales. He first played football for his local team, the Jerilderie Football Club, when it was part of the Murray Football League. He boarded for three years in Kilmore, Victoria, at Assumption College, one of Australia's most renowned "football nurseries", a school which has a strong tradition of producing footballers who have gone on to play in the AFL. In 1984, his final year at the school, Brownless kicked 155 goals for the school team.


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Geelong asked Brownless to come and train, but instead he chose to return home to Jerilderie to be with family and friends and play a season of senior football before going to Geelong. During the 1985 season, he kicked 148 goals for the Jerilderie senior team while working as a farmhand. Jerilderie made it to the grand final but lost. Brownless kicked six of the team's nine goals despite having injured an ankle in the semi-final.

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Brownless moved to Geelong in time for the 1986 VFL season and began working as a groundsman at Kardinia Park. He said that playing for Geelong was a natural progression for him because of the town's rural atmosphere:

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It's really like a big country town and the club's a lot like a country club. You're all behind one another and you're all pretty close. It's a good feeling.

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Brownless made his senior VFL debut in Round 1, 1986 and quickly made a name for himself as a strong full-forward, winning the Cats' best first year player award that year. He went on to play 198 games and kick 441 goals, putting him fourth in Geelong's all-time goalkicking list, behind Gary Ablett (1021), Doug Wade (834) and Steve Johnson (443).

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One of Brownless' fondest memories was kicking a goal after the siren against Footscray in their 1994 qualifying final. With Geelong trailing by one point, he marked the ball within scoring range with just seconds left and kicked a goal to send Geelong through to the next stage of the finals. While the Cats eventually made it to the grand final, they lost that match. Brownless played in four losing grand final teams with Geelong.

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Brownless retired in 1997 at 30 years of age.

Brownless has the record for most goals in a game at the Gabba, with 11.

State of Origin

Brownless first played State of Origin in 1988 for New South Wales. Playing in the State of Origin Carnival that year, he kicked three goals in the tournament, two in the first against South Australia and one in the second against Western Australia. In 1993 he again played in the State of Origin Carnival, being selected for NSW/ACT against Victoria. With Wayne Carey and John Longmire in the side, Brownless played at centre half back. In 1995 he kicked five goals and was named in the best players for The Allies in a win over Western Australia.

Media career and life after football

When Brownless retired from football he moved into the media, appearing regularly on The Footy Show. On The Footy Show he appeared in "The House of Bulger" segment as the family's matriarch Joybell Bulger.

He joined 95.5 K-Rock in Geelong as a sales representative. Soon, on their "Big Mattress" breakfast show, he co-hosted a sport/comedy segment called "On The Bench" with ex-Geelong player Dwayne Russell and the Essendon fanatic "Ferret" (Russell Taylor), twice a week. A long list of Geelong players were included in "On The Bench" as special guests including Barry Stoneham, Tim McGrath and Paul Couch.

In 1992 he became the inaugural winner of the Mirrool Silo Kick in the Riverina, kicking an Aussie Rules football 32 metres plus over the Mirrool Silos.

In August 1999, it was reported that due to Brownless' connections in the local political scene, both the Australian Labor Party (ALP) and the ruling Liberal Party of Australia were keen to recruit Brownless into politics, despite his limited experience. Labor leader Steve Bracks, who would go on to win the state election that year, was a Geelong supporter, and Brownless had persuaded the then Premier Jeff Kennett's wife, Felicity, to become Geelong's female number one ticket holder.

As of 2005, Brownless has featured on The Sunday Footy Show, as well as continuing his appearances on The Footy Show. He also co-hosted Morning Glory, a weekday breakfast show on Melbourne radio station SEN 1116. Brownless finished his 5-day a week stint in November 2008. Brownless appeared on Before the Bounce, a weekly football show on Foxtel alongside Jason Dunstall and Danny Frawley until the end of the 2008 AFL season.

In May 2008, Brownless was added as a regular on the Thursday night AFL Footy Show to replace an incapacitated Sam Newman, but was relegated to guest panelist upon Newman's return. Since 2009 Brownless has once again became a regular alongside Shane Crawford to replace Trevor Marmalade, Alternating each week with Crawford & since 2012, Matthew Lloyd.

In March 2010 Brownless joined Triple M Melbourne's new drive show The Rush Hour with James Brayshaw.

Brownless bought the Cumberland Hotel in Castlemaine, Victoria.

Personal life

Brownless is married to Nicky (but are currently separated). They have two daughters, Lucy and Ruby, and two sons, Oscar Luke and Max.


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