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Key Facts

Full name
Henry Dalziel O'Brien

Known as
Dally O'Brien

31 October 1918

15 August 1996 (aged 77)

Age at first & last AFL game
First game: 19y 216d
Last game: 30y 167d

Height and weight
Height: 182 cm
Weight: 76 kg

Senior clubs
North Melbourne

Jumper numbers
North Melbourne: 13, 28

Family links
Jock O'Brien (Brother)

Dally O'Brien

ClubLeagueCareer spanGamesGoalsAvgWin %AKIAHBAMKBV
North MelbourneV/AFL1938-1949137630.4639%15

AFL: 4,623rd player to appear, 1,536th most games played, 1,691st most goals kickedNorth Melbourne: 247th player to appear, 74th most games played, 106th most goals kicked

Henry Dalziel O’Brien - commonly referred to as ‘Dally’ - enjoyed a noteworthy VFL career with North Melbourne between 1938 and 1949 during which he played 137 games and kicked 63 goals. A rugged, straight ahead type of player who boasted boundless stamina he was in many ways the archetypal utility, capable of slotting into the team wherever needed. He captained North in 1944 and 1945 and in the latter year had the distinction of leading the club in its first VFL final. The sort of player who seemingly improved with age he won North’s best and fairest award in his second to last season. Dally O’Brien’s brother Jack played league football for Essendon.

Author - John Devaney


Encyclopedia of AFL Footballers by Russell Holmesby & Jim Main; Wikipedia article

Footnotes is grateful to Lynda O'Brien for providing Dally O'Brien's profile picture.

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