Australian Football Celebrating the history of the great Australian game


Key Facts

Full name
Howard Okey

Known as
Howard Okey

12 February 1906

3 March 1985 (aged 79)

Age at first & last AFL game
First game: 22y 69d
Last game: 28y 208d

Height and weight
Height: 177 cm
Weight: 69 kg

Senior clubs

Jumper numbers
Essendon: 2

Howard Okey

ClubLeagueCareer spanGamesGoalsAvgWin %AKIAHBAMKBV

Pre 1965 stats are for selected matches only

AFL: 3,379th player to appear, 2,174th most games played, 1,980th most goals kickedEssendon: 397th player to appear, 150th most games played, 170th most goals kicked

Purposeful, long striding, and almost invariably a step or two ahead of the opposition, Howard Okey was one of the brightest lights at Essendon between 1928 and 1934 in what was a comparatively lean time for the club. Initially used mainly as a half forward, he later developed into a top notch centreman, representing the VFL in that position on three occasions, and winning the Dons’ premier individual award in 1929. A Victorian interstate representative in 1931 and 1932, when he retired at the end of the 1934 season he had played 109 VFL games and kicked 52 goals. He later served as an Essendon committee member for twenty-seven years and as chairman of selectors for fifteen.

Author - John Devaney


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