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Key Facts

Full name
Harvey Merrigan

Known as
Harvey Merrigan

Born
4 December 1949 (age 72)

Age at first & last AFL game
First game: 19y 157d
Last game: 31y 247d

Height and weight
Height: 189 cm
Weight: 90 kg

Senior clubs
Fitzroy

Jumper numbers
Fitzroy: 43, 36

Recruited from
Hampton Park (1969)

Harvey Merrigan

ClubLeagueCareer spanGamesGoalsAvgWin %AKIAHBAMKBV
FitzroyV/AFL1969-1981197180.0938%8.591.963.1825
Total1969-1981197180.0938%8.591.963.1825

AFL: 8,150th player to appear, 664th most games played, 3,849th most goals kickedFitzroy: 876th player to appear, 12th most games played, 249th most goals kicked

There was nothing ostentatious or showy about Harvey Merrigan's football, but he was supremely effective and reliable. A full back for most of his 197-game VFL career he was regarded as one of the hardest players to beat one on one in the competition. He joined Fitzroy from Hampton Park and made his senior debut in 1969. A club best and fairest winner in 1974, he captained the Lions in 1978, and represented Victoria three times. Later in his career he was undermined by niggling injuries which eventually forced his retirement in 1981 when he was just three games adrift of the elusive 200-game benchmark. In February 2002 Harvey Merrigan was selected on the interchange bench in Fitzroy's official 'Team of the Twentieth Century'.

Author - John Devaney

Sources

Full Points Footy Publications

Footnotes

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