Chris Brown began playing senior football when he was only 13 years old.
His impressive football career spans 21 years of playing, as well as 4 years of coaching, including a premiership. Since the age of 17 he has been a football committee member, eventually becoming president. Brown was elected as one of nine directors for the Victorian Country Football League.
-I think I can go back to 1911, actually, when my old grandfather first came to the Mallee, and this was virgin Mallee scrub at that stage. And the second or third week in, most of them here and were looking for a day off and they all turned up in town and decided to have a game of football. And right from that stage, he started to organise a club. And that, of course, followed onto dad and his brothers and then, I suppose, myself and still all the cousins and nephews and sons through bit of skill.
-Every night after school we'd play games of footy. We had no underage organised football at that time. So at the age of 13, I started playing with the men in the seconds. Played a full season at the age of 13 in 1964 and played 'til 1984-- 21 years.
Take a quote from Ron Barassi. Ron Barassi said never be proud of your ability, always be proud of what you do with that ability. And I think I probably got a little bit more ahead of myself than might normally have been. I managed to go coaching for four years and won a premiership on my first year down to [INAUDIBLE] and played 14 interleague games. And I've met the 1975 premiership with the local club. I think you can never get away from anywhere. It doesn't matter how far you go, it's always fantastic to come home to your local club and pull off the premiership.
-Right from the start. The day I left school, I come to a meeting and started off on a committee. So at the age of 17, I've been on a football committee all the way through.
Then after I finished playing, I decided to step up higher and to go on the presidency of the Walpeup-Underbool Football Club at that stage and became a delegate within the Mallee Football League. And then about two and a half years ago, I was elected by the whole of the state to become one of the nine directors of the Victorian Country Football League.
-You got to think of your children. You want to bring them up in the same atmosphere as we did. So you start to realise now that it's your turn-- you can put your part in. And that's the good thing about a small club, small town, everyone does everything to make it as one team.
So you look, and your dad went through Walpeup-Underbool, and his dad, too. And you just feel that you have to support the club, you play for the club. It's your club, you're a part of it, so you do whatever you can to keep playing. Because once that goes, well, no footy club, not many towns survive without that.