Australian Football Celebrating the history of the great Australian game


Key Facts

Full name
Arthur Leach

Known as
Arthur Leach

2 March 1876

1 October 1948 (aged 72)

Age at first & last AFL game
First game: 21y 123d
Last game: 32y 194d

Height and weight
Height: 185 cm
Weight: 86 kg

Senior clubs
Essendon; Collingwood

Jumper numbers
Collingwood: 8

Recruited from
Essendon (1898)

Family links
Fred Leach (Brother)Ted Leach (Brother)

Arthur Leach

ClubLeagueCareer spanGamesGoalsAvgWin %AKIAHBAMKBV

AFL: 246th player to appear, 873rd most games played, 1,127th most goals kickedEssendon: 31st player to appear, 881st most games played, 659th most goals kickedCollingwood: 37th player to appear, 59th most games played, 92nd most goals kicked

After managing just four games and two goals with Essendon in 1897 Arthur came good the following year after crossing to Collingwood. Immensely powerful, and boasting great stamina, he was equally effective across half forward or in the ruck. He spent 11 seasons with Collingwood, playing 173 VFL games and scoring 92 goals. Among his appearances for the Magpies were the winning flag deciders of 1902 against Essendon, when he was among the best players on view, and 1903 against Fitzroy. He also played in the losing grand finals of 1901, in the unaccustomed position of centre, and 1905. For part of the 1906 season and the whole of the following campaign he was Collingwood’s captain.

Author - John Devaney


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