Australian Football Celebrating the history of the great Australian game


Key Facts

Full name
Leonard Ryan

Known as
Leo Ryan

26 August 1913

29 December 1972 (aged 59)

Age at first & last AFL game
First game: 20y 322d
Last game: 27y 362d

Height and weight
Height: 175 cm
Weight: 70 kg

Senior clubs

Jumper numbers
Footscray: 16, 17

Leo Ryan

ClubLeagueCareer spanGamesGoalsAvgWin %AKIAHBAMKBV

Pre 1965 stats are for selected matches only

AFL: 4,195th player to appear, 1,915th most games played, 7,142nd most goals kickedFootscray: 181st player to appear, 101st most games played, 583rd most goals kicked

Leo Ryan was one of Footscray's finest footballers of the 1930s, as well as one of the best permanent back pocket players in the VFL. He was quick, determined, an excellent ball-handler, and he kicked the ball superbly. Originally from Fish Creek, he began his league career with the Tricolours in 1934 and went on to amass 119 VFL games before retiring at the conclusion of the 1941 season.

Author - John Devaney


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