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Key Facts

Full name
Harvey Stevens

Known as
Harvey Stevens

8 August 1930

15 December 2016 (aged 86)

Age at first & last AFL game
First game: 18y 13d
Last game: 27y 2d

Height and weight
Height: 188 cm
Weight: 87 kg

Senior clubs
Collingwood; Footscray

Jumper numbers
Collingwood: 28, 36, 29
Footscray: 32

Recruited from
Collingwood (1953)

Family links
Arthur Stevens (Father)Daniel Talia (Grandson)Michael Talia (Grandson)

Harvey Stevens

ClubLeagueCareer spanGamesGoalsAvgWin %AKIAHBAMKBV

Pre 1965 stats are for selected matches only

AFL: 5,850th player to appear, 1,763rd most games played, 820th most goals kickedCollingwood: 515th player to appear, 332nd most games played, 149th most goals kickedFootscray: 400th player to appear, 188th most games played, 88th most goals kicked

Harvey Stevens was a useful player for Collingwood, mainly as a ruckman/forward, in 54 VFL games between 1948 and 1952, during which he kicked 56 goals. His last game for the Magpies was the losing Grand Final of 1952 against Geelong, when he played in the unaccustomed position of full forward and failed to kick a goal. During the ensuing summer he was released by the club, allegedly for being 'overweight'; however, Stevens had been recovering from a rib injury at the time, and had been unable to train.

Stevens moved on to Footscray and was soon producing the best football of his career, as evidenced by his winning his new club's best and fairest award in his debut season. First ruckman in the Bulldogs' inaugural VFL premiership team in 1954 (Grand Final reviewed here), he captained the club for part of the 1957 season, which proved to be his last in top level football. A powerful mark and a canny competitor in the ruck, he played a total of 72 senior games for Footscray, kicking 71 goals. In 1949 he had played for the VFL against New South Wales in Sydney.

Author - John Devaney


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