DOB: 3 February 1943
Died: 24 January 2004
From: North Albury
Number: 21 1960-1965
Premiership Player - 1960
"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.