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Key Facts

Full name
Percy Sheehan

Known as
Percy Sheehan

5 July 1883

30 May 1946 (aged 62)

Age at first & last AFL game
First game: 20y 307d
Last game: 29y 50d

Senior clubs
Fitzroy; Carlton; Richmond

Jumper numbers
Richmond: 4

Recruited from
Fitzroy (1910); Carlton (1912)

Percy Sheehan

ClubLeagueCareer spanGamesGoalsAvgWin %AKIAHBAMKBV
FitzroyV/AFL1904-1906, 1908-190958110.1969%0
V/AFL1904-1906, 1908-1910, 191278110.1469%0
Total1904-1906, 1908-1910, 191278110.1469%0

AFL: 932nd player to appear, 3,063rd most games played, 4,751st most goals kickedFitzroy: 94th player to appear, 216th most games played, 331st most goals kickedCarlton: 234th player to appear, 623rd most games played, 999th most goals kickedRichmond: 108th player to appear, 886th most games played, 906th most goals kicked

Percy Sheehan began with Fitzroy in 1904 and, playing as a follower, was a key member of that season's Grand Final winning team against Carlton. In the following season's premiership decider he showed his versatility by putting in an equally accomplished performance on a half back flank as the Maroons overcame arch-rivals Collingwood in a low scoring war of attrition by 13 points.

After 58 VFL games with Fitzroy, Sheehan moved to Carlton in 1910, and promptly helped the Blues reach that season's Grand Final against Collingwood. It proved to be one of the most brutally spiteful matches on records, with fierce, uncontrollable brawls erupting continually. From Sheehan's point of view it was a disastrous afternoon, for not only did Collingwood win with some comfort, but he was personally held to blame for much of the worst of the violence, and ended up being suspended for a season and a half. He returned late in the 1912 season with Richmond, but found it difficult to re-establish himself and, after four final VFL games, bringing his overall total to 78, he decided to call it a day.

Author - John Devaney


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