Australian Football Celebrating the history of the great Australian game


Key Facts

Full name
Harold Sullivan

Known as
Harry Sullivan

8 April 1932

5 February 2017 (aged 84)

Age at first & last AFL game
First game: 18y 140d
Last game: 28y 106d

Height and weight
Height: 184 cm
Weight: 83 kg

Senior clubs
Carlton; Collingwood

Jumper numbers
Carlton: 2, 3
Collingwood: 36, 26, 20

Recruited from
Carlton (1955)

Harry Sullivan

ClubLeagueCareer spanGamesGoalsAvgWin %AKIAHBAMKBV

Pre 1965 stats are for selected matches only

AFL: 6,052nd player to appear, 2,154th most games played, 3,573rd most goals kickedCarlton: 646th player to appear, 448th most games played, 340th most goals kickedCollingwood: 573rd player to appear, 245th most games played, 574th most goals kicked

Harry Sullivan commenced his VFL career at Carlton in 1950, but found it hard to hold down a regular place in the side. In 1955, after 31 games and 16 goals for the Blues, he crossed to Collingwood, but initially found the going tough there as well. It was only when he was moved to full back that he clicked; indeed, it was not long before he was being almost universally touted as one of the best in the business.

Sullivan was at full back in the VFL's triumphant 1958 carnival side, and later that same year he helped Collingwood to an upset win over Melbourne in the VFL Grand Final. In all, he added another 78 games and five goals to his career records before retiring, a touch prematurely perhaps, at 28 years of age, in 1960.

Author - John Devaney


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