Vale David Dalgarno

AFL Queensland Hall of Fame member David Dalgarno has passed away at the age of 69.

A Sherwood junior who emerged from the strong football nurseries at Corinda State School and Indooroopilly High, Dave displayed excellent leadership qualities and determination that saw him develop quickly into a top ruckman and on field General.

He commenced his career in 1961 as a 17-year-old and became the youngest QAFL captain-coach of the post-war era at 21 and won the Leach Motors Media Award in 1967.

Dave led Wests from 1965 to 1967 and after a decade in the wilderness the Bulldogs lost back-to back grand finals in 1966-67.

A transfer with his employment to Western Australia saw him named on the 1968 Swan Districts list, but he didn’t play due to interstate clearance restrictions.

Dave returned to coach his beloved Wests in 1968 and will forever be remembered as one of Queensland’s great footballers.

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