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Key Facts

Full name
Roy Harper

Known as
Roy Harper

Born
2 April 1929

Age at first & last AFL game
First game: 23y 17d
Last game: 26y 42d

Height and weight
Height: 183 cm
Weight: 86 kg

Senior clubs
Sandringham; Footscray

Jumper numbers
Footscray: 10

Family links
Bruce Harper (Brother)

Roy Harper

ClubLeagueCareer spanGamesGoalsAvgWin %AKIAHBAMKBV
SandringhamVFA1949-1951, 1956-195783931.12
FootscrayV/AFL1952-195540260.6548%10.003.509
Total1949-19571231190.97

Pre 1965 stats are for selected matches only

AFL: 6,177th player to appear, 4,764th most games played, 3,168th most goals kickedFootscray: 387th player to appear, 300th most games played, 219th most goals kicked

Effective in a variety of positions, Roy Harper was an eye-catching performer for Sandringham during the late 1940s and early 1950s. He ran second in the Liston Trophy voting in 1949, and came third and fifth in the following couple of seasons. After winning the Zebras' club champion award in 1951 he crossed to Footscray, which beat off four other league clubs for his signature, and proved himself a useful player, mainly on the forward lines, over the ensuing four seasons. Unfortunately, however, he missed the greatest moment in the Bulldogs' history, the victorious 1954 Grand Final, and a year later after 40 VFL games, which yielded 26 goals, he retired.

Author - John Devaney

Sources

Full Points Footy Publications

Footnotes

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