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Key Facts

Full name
Terry Leahy

Known as
Terry Leahy

Born
12 October 1946

Died
29 November 2002 (aged 56)

Age at first & last AFL game
First game: 19y 195d
Last game: 23y 258d

Height and weight
Height: 184 cm
Weight: 81 kg

Senior clubs
Melbourne; South Melbourne

Jumper numbers
Melbourne: 19
South Melbourne: 19

Recruited from
Melbourne (1968)

Family links
Brian Leahy (Brother)John Leahy (Brother)

Terry Leahy

ClubLeagueCareer spanGamesGoalsAvgWin %AKIAHBAMKBV
MelbourneV/AFL1966-19672680.3123%12.231.501.811
South MelbourneV/AFL1968-19703990.2344%12.563.282.103
V/AFL1966-197065170.2635%12.432.571.984
Total1966-197065170.2635%12.432.571.984

AFL: 7,785th player to appear, 3,526th most games played, 3,972nd most goals kickedMelbourne: 831st player to appear, 508th most games played, 473rd most goals kickedSouth Melbourne: 941st player to appear, 400th most games played, 496th most goals kicked

In 1966 Melbourne’s Terry Leahy was widely acknowledged as one of the VFL’s finest debutants, an assessment endorsed by his claiming the club’s best and fairest trophy. Aged just 19 years and 354 days he was the youngest recipient of the award in club history.

Despite this, Leahy did not really kick on in 1967 when he only managed eight senior appearances. Even worse was to follow, as during an end of season trip to Queensland he committed an unnamed transgression which led to his being sacked. He had played 26 VFL games and scored eight goals for Melbourne. Offered a lifeline by South Melbourne, he produced some impressive football over the final three seasons of his league career, adding 39 appearances and nine goals to his respective tallies.

Terry Leahy’s brothers Brian and John also played for Melbourne.

Author - John Devaney

Sources

Full Points Publications

Footnotes

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