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Key Facts

Full name
Leon Harris

Known as
Leon Harris

Born
9 November 1958 (age 64)

Age at first & last AFL game
First game: 20y 177d
Last game: 30y 283d

Height and weight
Height: 173 cm
Weight: 74 kg

Senior clubs
Fitzroy

Jumper numbers
Fitzroy: 56, 38

Family links
Bernie Harris (Brother)

Leon Harris

ClubLeagueCareer spanGamesGoalsAvgWin %AKIAHBAMKBV
FitzroyV/AFL1979-19891861010.5448%11.617.092.1016
Total1979-19891861010.5448%11.617.092.1016

AFL: 9,076th player to appear, 769th most games played, 1,044th most goals kickedFitzroy: 964th player to appear, 17th most games played, 42nd most goals kicked

Fitzroy recruited Leon Harris from Mortlake and after initially using him on a wing and occasionally in a back pocket they deployed him to optimal effect as a rover. Energetic and never less than a hundred percent committed he played 186 VFL games and kicked 101 goals for the Lions between 1979 and 1989. The longer his career went on the more effective he seemed to become. He was runner-up in the club best and fairest voting in 1987 and represented Victoria at the 1988 Bicentennial carnival in Adelaide. His last game in a Fitzroy jumper was the 1989 VFL reserves grand final, which the Lions won. After departing the VFL Harris was appointed captain-coach of VFA club Werribee in 1990. He remained at the helm for three seasons and oversaw the Tigers' triumph in the Victorian Premiers Cup in 1992 as well as laying the foundations for the club's breakthrough VFA flag in 1993.

Author - John Devaney

Sources

Encyclopedia of AFL Footballers by Russell Holmesby & Jim Main; https://web.archive.org/web/20110706104119/http://www.fitzroyfc.com.au/toc_nominees.htm

Footnotes

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