Harry Lever

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Harry Lever
Personal information
Date of birth (1886-01-05)5 January 1886
Date of death 19 July 1970(1970-07-19) (aged 84)
Original team(s) Brighton / Elwood
Height / weight 178cm / 76 kg
Playing career1
Years Club Games (Goals)
1905–1915, 1918-1919, 1921-1922 St Kilda 218 (6)
1 Playing statistics correct to the end of 1922.
Sources: AFL Tables, AustralianFootball.com

Harry Lever (5 January 1886 – 19 July 1970) was an Australian rules footballer who played with St Kilda in the Victorian Football League (VFL).

Lever played as a fullback in his 15-year VFL career which began in 1905. In 1907 he lost two fingers in a band saw accident but after attending to the wound himself, played for St Kilda the following afternoon.

He did not play in 1916 or 1917 as St Kilda were in recess due to World War I, while he was injured in 1920.

His total of 218 games for St Kilda, including the 1913 VFL Grand Final, stood as a record until it was broken by Ross Smith in 1972. [1]

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  1. ^ It was believed at his retirement in 1926 that Wels Eicke held the record with 267 games, but writers and Australian Rules football historians Russell Holmesby & Jim Main discovered that this total included 21 matches for North Melbourne and 49 matches as playing coach.