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David Dench

One of the best performed and most popular players ever to wear the royal blue and white, David Dench was recruited from West Coburg, and spent his entire football career at Arden Street.

Independent judges have no difficulty in placing him among the greatest full-backs ever to pull on a boot.

Rival full-forwards rarely did well on him, but he wasn't attacks.

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One of the best performed and most popular players ever to wear the royal blue and white, David Dench was recruited from West Coburg, and spent his entire football career at Arden Street.

Independent judges have no difficulty in placing him among the greatest full-backs ever to pull on a boot.

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In August 2019, David was nominated as the 3rd best ever player in North Melbourne's 150 year history...now that is something

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Rival full-forwards rarely did well on him, but he wasn't just a defensive player; he was actually the springboard for North's attacks.

At 20 he was appointed North's captain, one of the youngest to have such an honour in League ranks.

That was in 1972, and yet, when North in their restructuring, decided to give the captaincy to Barry Davis, David Dench took it with good grace.

As things turned out, his attitude was amply rewarded because like Davis before him, he won the privilege of holding aloft the 1977 VFL Premiership Cup on grand final day, because serious injury prevented the regular captain, Keith Greig from taking part.

He was North's Syd Barker Medallist in no less than four seasons, equalling the club record - 1971, 1976, 1977 and 1981.

David represented Victoria on four occasions, and is the proud holder of the life membership.

When his playing days were over, he was North's assistant coach in 1985.

Between 1969 and 1984, David Dench played 276 games and scored 26 goals.

To listen about David's stories about his journey throughout VFL/AFL life, as a player, captain of a premiership team and all time champion player is inspiring and entertaining.

David will definitely motivate and excite any audience.

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