Australian Football Celebrating the history of the great Australian game


Key Facts

Full name
Edward Barry

Known as
Son Barry

8 March 1877

31 December 1959 (aged 82)

Age at first & last AFL game
First game: 20y 61d
Last game: 28y 192d

Senior clubs

Son Barry

ClubLeagueCareer spanGamesGoalsAvgWin %AKIAHBAMKBV

AFL: 11th player to appear, 1,626th most games played, 3,286th most goals kickedEssendon: 2nd player to appear, 105th most games played, 285th most goals kicked

Edward Barry, invariably known as 'Son', took his bows with Essendon in 1896, which was the club's last in the VFA. The following year saw the establishment of the VFL, in which Essendon competed, and Barry went on to make a sterling contribution to the red and blacks' eventual premiership triumph.

A rover early in his career, he later became a half back flanker, the position he occupied when Essendon procured their next VFL premiership in 1901 courtesy of a 6.7 (43) to 2.4 (16) grand final defeat of Collingwood. A regular Victorian interstate representative, Barry was the fourth Same Old player, and the thirteenth in the League, to play in excess of 100 VFL games. When he eventually retired in 1905 he had played 131 VFL games and kicked 24 goals.

Author - John Devaney


Encyclopedia of AFL Footballers by Russell Holmesby & Jim Main; Wikipedia article; Those Magnificent Men 1897-1987 by Michael Maplestone


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