Australian Football Celebrating the history of the great Australian game


Key Facts

Full name
Harold Craven

Known as
Harold Craven

26 April 1895

26 November 1970 (aged 75)

Age at first & last AFL game
First game: 20y 89d
Last game: 29y 133d

Height and weight
Height: 174 cm
Weight: 76 kg

Senior clubs

Jumper numbers
Geelong: 26, 4

Harold Craven

ClubLeagueCareer spanGamesGoalsAvgWin %AKIAHBAMKBV
GeelongV/AFL1915, 1917-1922, 192488170.1934%0
Total1915, 1917-1922, 192488170.1934%0

AFL: 2,205th player to appear, 2,746th most games played, 3,977th most goals kickedGeelong: 240th player to appear, 192nd most games played, 325th most goals kicked

Despite being only 174 cm tall and weighing just 76 kg - small even by the standards of the time - Harold Craven played most of his eight-season, 90 game VFL career at full back. Solid and imperturbable, he used a combination of intelligence and good judgement to outpoint stronger, bigger opponents. Popularly known as 'Oily', Craven captained Geelong in 1921-2, and represented the VFL on three occasions. He retired at the end of the 1924 season, thereby just missing possible participation in the Cats' 1925 premiership team.

Author - John Devaney


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