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Brian Leahy

Image DOB: 3 February 1943
Died: 24 January 2004

Debut: Round 1, 1960 against North Melbourne at MCG
Last Game: Round 16, 1965 against Geelong at MCG

From: North Albury

Number: 21 1960-1965

Honours
Premiership Player - 1960

Games: 79
Goals: 2
Career Statistics

WinsDrawsLossesWinning %
5512369.62

"Wrecker" Leahy was the youngest player ever to be included on the Demons list when he joined the club's supplementary list in 1959 as a 16-years old. He had come to the attention of the Demons after winning the North Albury Best and Fairest award the previous year aged just 15.

North Albury initially refused clearances for both Leahy and his old brother John, and after they relented he spent a year in the (Reserves|Seconds)) and Thirds but showed enough form to debut in the opening round of 1960. At the end of that year he was a premiership player, at 17 years and 233 days the second youngest premiership player in history.

Big for a half-back flanker he was also deceptively quick and in 1964 formed a quality defensive unit with Brian Roet and Tony Anderson. He missed the 1964 Grand Final through a thigh injury and was forced to retire at the end of 1966 with a torn achilles tendon, having only played one game in 1965 due to a serious shoulder injury.

Leahy was unsuccessful at comebacks with Yarraville and Northcote in the VFA and he eventually joined Norm Smith at South Melbourne as a recruiting officer and Under 19s coach. He retired in July 1972, citing work pressure from his insurance business.

His nickname derived from a childhood habit of "wrecking" cars by letting down tires and removing spark plugs at the behest of older boys.

Leahy's brothers John (two games) and Terry (26 games) also played for the Demons.

YearGamesGoalsBrownlow
1960 1200
1961 1702
1962 1700
1963 1811
1964 1410
1965 100

Lists
Family
Interstate recruits
Youngest Players

Media
Age - 15/04/1959
Age - 22/07/1965
Age - 05/07/1972
Age - 27/01/2004

Links
Boyles Football Photos
VFA Project profile
Wikipedia profile

Created by Supermercado. Last Modification: Monday 12 November 2018 23:11:55 AEDT by Supermercado. (Version 21)

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