Russell Graham Brown was born on 29th August 1929 in Carlton, son of Joseph and Alice. He was educated at Westgarth Central Primary and Collingwood Technical School. Russell started working at the age of 14 for Norm Smith's Engineering business as a metal stamper, he took over the running of the business while Norm focused on his football, until Norm's death. Russell married Thelma at All Saints church in Preston. They had four children: Debra, Colin, Vicki and Lisa as well as 8 grandchildren.
Russell played A grade cricket for Dennis at the age of 14, joining the club in 1943. Russell was an opening batsman, a wicket keeper and a medium-fast bowler. His first and finest century came in a semi-final match against the Northern Socials; batting with Kevin Wright, the pair put on 173 in 123 minutes. Russell went on to score 140. He played a major role in the team's record score of 523. Russell would win one premiership for the club in 1954/55 as a player. After retiring in 1966, Russell returned to the club in 1982 as a non-playing coach where he would celebrate 2 more premierships in 1985/86 and 1986/87.
Russell played from 1943/44 until 1965/66. Since 1953 he played 137 games, scored 3089 runs and took 160 wickets. With 10 seasons unaccounted for he would have played in more than 250 games and scored over 5000 runs. Coach from 1982 to 1990.
Premierships: player - 1954/55; Coach - 1985/86, 1986/87
Centuries: 140, 127, 115* and 100
Even after he stopped coaching Russell could still be seen following the current players, talking and teaching young aspirants of the game.
Russell Brown a Great, a Dennis Legend.