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Harry Harker

Image DOB: 22 December 1887
Died: 21 June 1961

Debut: Round 2, 1920 against Essendon at East Melbourne
Last Game: Round 12, 1924 against Collingwood at Victoria Park

From: Brunswick

Number: 5 1920-1924

Games: 54
Goals: 146
Career Statistics

WinsDrawsLossesWinning %
1923335.18

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.

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 to play six games, and followed that with another seven the next year before giving the VFL game away for good.

Appeared with Nar Nar Goon in 1927.

YearGamesGoalsBrownlow
1920 923n/a
1921 1647n/a
1922 1647n/a
1923 613n/a
1924 7160

Lists
Most goals on debut
Oldest Players
VFA

Notes
Original club in Gippsland not known

Media
Sporting Globe - 22/07/1922
Football Record R8 1923
Sporting Globe - 08/06/1927

Links
VFA Project profile
Wikipedia profile

Created by Supermercado. Last Modification: Sunday 18 March 2018 17:37:49 AEDT by Supermercado. (Version 26)

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