Australian Football Celebrating the history of the great Australian game


Key Facts

Full name
Harold Neill

Known as
Harry Neill

11 February 1907

22 November 1966 (aged 59)

Age at first & last AFL game
First game: 18y 101d
Last game: 26y 203d

Height and weight
Height: 185 cm
Weight: 86 kg

Senior clubs
South Melbourne; Footscray; St. Kilda

Jumper numbers
South Melbourne: 33
Footscray: 33, 22, 28
St. Kilda: 28

Recruited from
South Melbourne (1925); Footscray (1927)

Harry Neill

ClubLeagueCareer spanGamesGoalsAvgWin %AKIAHBAMKBV
South MelbourneV/AFL1925200.0050%0
St. KildaV/AFL1927-193384580.6946%18.674.670

Pre 1965 stats are for selected matches only

AFL: 3,077th player to appear, 2,337th most games played, 1,738th most goals kickedSouth Melbourne: 377th player to appear, 1,226th most games played, 1,178th most goals kickedFootscray: 33rd player to appear, 523rd most games played, 576th most goals kickedSt. Kilda: 610th player to appear, 175th most games played, 108th most goals kicked

After beginning his senior career with Williamstown as a 16-year-old, Harold Neill embarked on a league career with South Melbourne where, because the club had a surfeit of followers, he managed just a couple of games. From 1925 to 1927 he played for Footscray, adding another 17 VFL games, but failing to catch fire. It was only after he moved to St Kilda late in the 1927 season that he fulfilled his potential, leading the Saints' ruck division with distinction for 84 games over six and a half seasons. Strong overhead, and a thumping kick, he relied on power and determination rather than guile or skill to succeed. He won St Kilda's best and fairest award in 1931.

Author - John Devaney


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