Australian Football Celebrating the history of the great Australian game


Key Facts

Full name
Harold Brereton

Known as
Harry Brereton

13 June 1887

31 December 1950 (aged 63)

Age at first & last AFL game
First game: 21y 322d
Last game: 35y 95d

Height and weight
Height: 180 cm
Weight: 72 kg

Senior clubs
Melbourne; South Melbourne

Jumper numbers
Melbourne: 2, 7
South Melbourne: 7, 2, 15

Recruited from
Melbourne (1919)

Harry Brereton

ClubLeagueCareer spanGamesGoalsAvgWin %AKIAHBAMKBV
MelbourneV/AFL1909-1912, 1915851872.2046%0
South MelbourneV/AFL1919-1920, 192217523.0641%0
V/AFL1909-1912, 1915, 1919-1920, 19221022392.3445%0
Total1909-1912, 1915, 1919-1920, 19221022392.3445%0

AFL: 1,463rd player to appear, 2,319th most games played, 292nd most goals kickedMelbourne: 206th player to appear, 193rd most games played, 29th most goals kickedSouth Melbourne: 311th player to appear, 625th most games played, 143rd most goals kicked

Harry Brereton was one of the VFL's foremost key position forwards of the immediate pre and post-World War I periods. Most of his career was spent with Melbourne, for whom he played 85 senior games and kicked 187 goals between 1909 and 1912 and in 1915. His tally of 56 goals in 1912 was good enough to head the league list. Many of his goals were scored using the place kick, of which he was an acknowledged master.

After the war Brereton resumed his league football career at South Melbourne playing an additional 17 games and kicking 52 goals. In addition to being the VFL's leading goalkicker in 1912, Brereton topped Melbourne's list on three occasions.

Author - John Devaney


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