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Harry Howard

Career : 1897
Debut : Round 2, 1897 vs South Melbourne, aged 22 years, 334 days
Carlton Player No. 23m
Games : 2 (plus 8 V.F.A. games)
Goals : 0
Last Game : Round 3, 1897 vs Essendon, aged 22 years, 343 days
Height : 179cm
Weight : 80kg
DOB: 1 September 1873 / 15 June 1874
DOD: 25 October 1945


The web site Collingwood Forever has a listing for Harry Howard who played 1 game for the 'Woods in Round 18 1892. His birth date differs (1873) from the one Blueseum has, and it also provided details of height, weight, and date of death. The site also says that he left Fitzroy in 1894 after playing 2 games, before playing with the Blues.

Team details for V.F.A. seasons 1895/1896 are incomplete.

1895 The Herald in a pre season report on each Association club's prospects for the year, mentions that H. Howard is a new recruit for the Blues and he hails from Fitzroy Juniors.

Mark Pennings' book "Origins of Australian Football" Vol 4 has H. Howard recruited from Fitzroy in 1896. Howard's previous clubs were Collingwood and Fitzroy Juniors. He played 8 senior games in 1896.

1896 May 02
Howard was named in a Carlton squad of 28 to play Ballarat Imperials at Ballarat.

1896 May 08
V.F.A. Permit granted for H. Howard to transfer from Fitzroy to Carlton.

1896 June 20
Harry Howard was one of Carlton's better defenders in the drawn match with Geelong at the M.C.G. on June 20.

1896 September 12
Howard mentioned in the match against Collingwood at Victoria Park.

Kilmore born Henry Thomas ‘Harry’ Howard was Carlton’s full-back in our second and third VFL matches. A local lad who was already at Princes Park when the new league was launched in 1897, he anchored our defence in Carlton’s brave 4-point loss to South Melbourne at the Lake Oval in round 2, and our disappointing 37-point defeat by Essendon at the East Melbourne Cricket Ground a week later.

Harry never played at senior level again after that, and regrettably, seems to have then disappeared from club records. Because he was only 22 years old at the time, it is highly likely that he went on playing somewhere - therefore, research at the Blueseum continues.

Blueseum: Summary of playing statistics for Harry Howard | Pre VFL Players | Howard's Blueseum Image Gallery

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