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Key Facts

Full name
Richard Harris

Known as
Dick Harris

Born
21 October 1911

Died
30 September 1993 (aged 81)

Age at first & last AFL game
First game: 22y 196d
Last game: 32y 331d

Height and weight
Height: 171 cm
Weight: 73 kg

Senior clubs
Richmond; Williamstown; Yarraville; Camberwell

Jumper numbers
Richmond: 20

Dick Harris

ClubLeagueCareer spanGamesGoalsAvgWin %AKIAHBAMKBV
RichmondV/AFL1934-19441965482.8068%19.784.5027
WilliamstownVFA1945-1946
YarravilleVFA1947-1948
MordiallocSFNL1951-1952
CamberwellVFA1953
V/AFL1934-19441965482.8068%19.784.5027
VFA1945-1948, 1953
SFNL1951-1952
Total1934-1948, 1951-19531965482.80

Pre 1965 stats are for selected matches only

AFL: 4,123rd player to appear, 674th most games played, 51st most goals kickedRichmond: 342nd player to appear, 35th most games played, 6th most goals kicked

An extremely clever and talented goal kicking rover for most of his VFL career, Dick Harris also played a fair number of early games in the back pocket. Renowned for his unwaveringly accurate torpedo punts, he topped Richmond's goal kicking list jointly with Jack Titus in 1937, and in his own right in 1943 and 1944. His tally of 63 goals in 1943 was good enough to top the VFL list.

Harris' 196 VFL games from 1934 to 1944 yielded a total of 548 goals, and included the winning Grand Finals of 1934 and 1943. In the five-point Grand Final win over Essendon in 1943 he booted seven of the Tigers' 12 goals for the match to be most observers' choice as best afield. His VFL interstate appearances included both the team's matches at the 1937 Perth carnival. After leaving Richmond, Harris joined Williamstown, and was a member of that club's 1945 VFA premiership side. He later played with Yarraville, and captain-coached Mordialloc and Camberwell.

Author - John Devaney

Sources

Full Points Footy Publications

Footnotes

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