DOB: 22 December 1887
Died: 21 June 1961
Number: 5 1920-1924
Statistical categories led:
Oldest player on VFL debut: 32y, 138d
In 1910 Harker came to Melbourne with the Central Gippsland League to play a match against the Police at the MCG. After the game he was invited to join both VFA side Brunswick and Melbourne, but chose the association club because their offer was more lucrative.
After eight years at Brunswick where he had been one of the stars of the competition he finally found his way to the Redlegs a decade late, the oldest league debutant in club history when he made his debut at 32 years and 138 days.
Harker remained living in Gippsland throughout his league career, travelling to the city on Thursday night to train and Saturday to play. During the week he trained privately on his farm, and in 1920 also played a number of games for Lang Lang during the season.
The stocky forward proved himself with 47 goals each in his second and third seasons before accepting a job coaching Lang Lang in the country. With Melbourne struggling in 1923 he returned from Lang Lang to play six games, and followed that with another seven the next year before giving the VFL game away for good.
Original club in Gippsland not known