Full Name: BILL WILSON
Date of Birth: 18/10/1924
Height: 173 cm ( 5-8 )
Weight: 75 kg ( 11-11 )
Debut: 03/06/1944, Round 5 , Carlton
Last Game: 28/08/1954, Round 18, Collingwood
Total Games: 185
Total Goals: 225
Honours: Best & Fairest 1947, Victorian Representative Team Games 10, Goals 16.
Total Games: 22
Total Goals: 36
Bill was a tough, resilient rover. Recruited from the local Richmond area, he went on to form a fine partnership with “Brownlow Medallists”, Bill Morris and Roy Wright. He was a fearless player who was both talented and skilful. He had a fine turn of speed and very good goal sense. He was given the nickname of “Gimme”, because he used to say to Roy Wright and Bill Morris, “give me the ball”. He won the club Best and Fairest award in 1947, finished second in 1948 and third in 1949 and 1950. He represented Victoria 10 times and was a member of the 1944 Grand Final side.
His highest individual goal tally was 5 against St.Kilda in Round 4 of 194 and he also kicked 8 goals for the reserves against the same club in 1945. He was awarded Life Membership in 1953 and has the Club’s Most Determined Trophy fittingly named in his honour.
After leaving Richmond, he played with Glenelg, in South Australia, where he ran equal third in the 1955 “Margarey Medal” count. He returned to Richmond in 1958 and coached the Thirds for three seasons. In 1958, he led them to their first VFL Premiership with a comfortable win over Essendon.
He coached the VFL Under 19s side that defeated South Australian Colts in 1960.
He also served on the Richmond Committee in 1966 and 1967. Richmond supporters were shocked to learn of his sudden death at the age of 44, in 1969. Bill never smoked or drank and still appeared very fit at the time of his death.
Richmond Recruits 1941-42.
Glenelg 1955-57, Games 39, Goals 45. RICHMOND THIRDS COACH 1958 ( Honours - Premiership 1958 )