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Key Facts

Full name
Horace Bullen

Known as
Horrie Bullen

13 March 1906

7 November 1961

Age at first & last AFL game
First game: 20y 126d
Last game: 31y 133d

Height and weight
Height: 185 cm
Weight: 91 kg

Senior clubs
Hawthorn, Doncaster, Carlton

Jumper numbers
Hawthorn: 18
Carlton: 29, 15

Recruited from
Hawthorn (1927); Doncaster (1932)

Horrie Bullen

ClubLeagueCareer spanGamesGoalsAvgWin %AKIAHBAMKBV
CarltonV/AFL1932-1934, 1936-193759380.6471%3

AFL: 3,208th player to appear, 3,355th most games played, 2,249th most goals kickedHawthorn: 51st player to appear, 760th most games played, 665th most goals kickedCarlton: 493rd player to appear, 275th most games played, 184th most goals kicked


Of quite hefty build at 185cm and 91kg, Horrie Bullen failed to establish himself during his first stab at league football with Hawthorn in 1926. After managing just two senior games forthe year he quit the VFL scene to join Doncaster, where he spent the next five seasons. Carlton eventually spotted his potential, and enticed him back to the big time in 1932, when he was aged 26; at the end of that year he played as a ruckman and kicked a couple of goals in the Blues' losing Grand Final team against Richmond. A sturdy, reliable, efficient performer, he went on to give solid service in 59 VFL games between 1932 and 1934 and in 1936-7. He booted 38 goals. Most commonly used as a follower, he could also hold down a key defensive position.

Author - John Devaney


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* Behinds calculated from the 1965 season on.
+ Score at the end of extra time.