William Thomas John Valli
16 April 1950
Age at first & last AFL game
First game: 28y 356d
Last game: 30y 136d
Height and weight
Height: 171 cm
Weight: 71 kg
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AFL: 9,054th player to appear, 6,318th most games played, 3,698th most goals kickedCollingwood: 790th player to appear, 569th most games played, 321st most goals kickedEssendon: 882nd player to appear, 1,114th most games played, 1,092nd most goals kicked
Boasting a powerful physique and plenty of courage, Bill Valli was a strong, ball-winning rover who gave West Perth fine service in 147 WANFL games between 1969 and 1978. Together with ruckmen Graham Farmer and Bill Dempsey he gave the Cardinals arguably the strongest first ruck combination in West Australian football for several years. A club fairest and best winner in 1974, 1977 and 1978, Valli represented Western Australia in the interstate arena half a dozen times, with his intense style of play being regarded as particularly appropriate for matches against the Victorians.
In 1979, aged twenty-nine, he embarked on the second phase of his career in the VFL, playing 17 games for Collingwood that year, and one with Essendon the next. He returned to Western Australia in 1981 and spent the final two seasons of his league career with Subiaco, where he added another 37 WAFL games.
Bill Valli enjoys a high reputation at West Perth, and in October 2000 he was selected in the forward pocket in the club's official 'Team of the Twentieth Century'.
Author - John Devaney