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Key Facts

Full name
Horace Bullen

Known as
Horrie Bullen

13 March 1906

7 November 1961 (aged 55)

Age at first & last AFL game
First game: 20y 126d
Last game: 31y 133d

Height and weight
Height: 185 cm
Weight: 91 kg

Senior clubs
Hawthorn; Carlton

Jumper numbers
Hawthorn: 18
Carlton: 29, 15

Recruited from
Hawthorn (1927); Doncaster (1932)

Horrie Bullen

ClubLeagueCareer spanGamesGoalsAvgWin %AKIAHBAMKBV
CarltonV/AFL1932-1934, 1936-193759380.6471%11.873.003
V/AFL1926, 1932-1934, 1936-193761380.6269%11.873.003
Total1926-1934, 1936-193761380.62

Pre 1965 stats are for selected matches only

AFL: 3,216th player to appear, 3,736th most games played, 2,500th most goals kickedHawthorn: 51st player to appear, 820th most games played, 719th most goals kickedCarlton: 493rd player to appear, 298th most games played, 195th most goals kicked

A special job entrusted to Horrie Bullen, of Carlton, on Saturday was to act as buffer between strong men of Richmond and players of his side. Bullen did the job wonderfully well, playing a hard, clean and vigorous game. He used every ounce of his 14.0 to the advantage of his side. When big Tigers hurled themselves into the fray it was usually Bullen who took the brunt of the attack and gave back as much as he received. His virile defence, solid ruck work, and general play probably stamped him as the hardest worker in the game...¹

Of quite hefty build at 185cm and 91kg, Horrie Bullen failed to establish himself during his first stab at league football with Hawthorn in 1926. After managing just two senior games for the year he quit the VFL scene to join Doncaster, where he spent the next five seasons. Carlton eventually spotted his potential, and enticed him back to the big time in 1932, when he was aged 26; at the end of that year he played as a ruckman and kicked a couple of goals in the Blues' losing Grand Final team against Richmond. 

A sturdy, reliable, efficient performer, Bullen went on to give solid service in 59 VFL games between 1932 and 1934 and in 1936-7. He booted 38 goals. Most commonly used as a follower, he could also happily occupy a key defensive position.

Author - John Devaney


1. “Sporting Globe”, 12/7/33, page 8. Carlton beat Richmond by three points.


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