DOB: 18 January 1949
From: St. Patrick's Ballarat
Statistical categories led:
Lowest goals per game average - 0.005 per game
A dour and dogged defender, Sullivan was tipped off to Melbourne secretary Jim Cardwell as a return favour for attending a function at the school. After just eight games in his first three seasons, including his first year spent in the reserves as he couldn't break into the strong Demon defence but finished second in the reserves B&F, Sullivan became a regular in 1969. In 1970 he played all 22 games, and in 1973 he was named in the club's leadership group for the first time as deputy vice-captain.
Tough and relentless, he represented Victoria against WA in 1971. Sullivan was a close checking player who was a coach's dream. He didn't win many awards but finished in the top six in the best and fairest voting half a dozen times.
In 1980 Sullivan joined VFA side Waverley as coach, and was the coach of the VFA 2nd Division in their 1981 match against the South Australian amateurs. He retired from playing in the 1982 pre-season after missing most of 1981 with a knee injury.
Sullivan's son Chris would play 27 games with the Demons (and 8 with Richmond) during the 1990's.
May have also played for Victoria against WA in 1971
Age - 31/01/1973
Inside Football - 10/04/1980
Inside Football - 11/03/1982