Leo Joseph Dwyer (9 May 1907 – 11 November 1995)[2] was an Australian rules footballer who played with North Melbourne in the Victorian Football League (VFL).

Leo Dwyer
Personal information
Full name Leo Joseph Dwyer[1]
Date of birth 9 May 1907
Place of birth Murchison, Victoria
Date of death 11 November 1995(1995-11-11) (aged 88)
Original team(s) Murchison
Height 172 cm (5 ft 8 in)
Weight 67 kg (148 lb)
Position(s) Wingman
Playing career1
Years Club Games (Goals)
1925–29, 1934–35 North Melbourne 71 (3)
1 Playing statistics correct to the end of 1935.
Sources: AFL Tables, AustralianFootball.com

Dwyer, a wingman, played eight games in North Melbourne's debut VFL season in 1925.[3] Despite being in a struggling team, Dwyer polled well in the Brownlow Medal and had his best finish in 1928 when he was equal third.[3]

When he went to Yarraville, without a clearance, he had to sit out of football for two years in order to get a permit to back come to North Melbourne.[4] A four time Victorian representative, he resumed his VFL career in 1934 but would play only four more games with the club.

He then returned home to Murchison and led the local team to a Goulburn Valley Football League grand final in 1936, which they lost. He also won the Morrison Medal that, which was awarded to the season's best and fairest player.[5]

His son Laurie Dwyer as well as two grandsons, Anthony and David, all played for North Melbourne.[6] He was also the uncle of West Australian Football League players Keith and Roy Harper, who both won Simpson Medals.[7]

See alsoEdit


  1. ^ "WW2 Nominal Roll". Government of Australia.
  2. ^ "Leo Dwyer - Player Bio". Australian Football. Retrieved 13 November 2014.
  3. ^ a b AFL Tables: Leo Dwyer
  4. ^ The Argus, "Johns Reregistered", 26 July 1934, p. 13
  5. ^ "Murchison". Full Points Footy. Archived from the original on 31 July 2008.
  6. ^ Holmesby, Russell; Main, Jim (2007). The Encyclopedia Of AFL Footballers. BAS Publishing. ISBN 978-1-920910-78-5.
  7. ^ The West Australian, "Harper Brothers Train As Opposite Wingmen", 28 April 1954, p. 30