Australian Football Celebrating the history of the great Australian game


Key Facts

Full name
Anthony William Brownless

Known as
Bill Brownless


28 January 1967 (age 56)

Place of birth
Jerilderie, NSW (2716)

Age at first & last AFL game
First game: 19y 60d
Last game: 30y 158d

Height and weight
Height: 192 cm
Weight: 95 kg

Senior clubs

Jumper numbers
Geelong: 16

Recruited from
Jerilderie (1986)

State of origin

Family links
Oscar Brownless (Son)

Bill Brownless

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AFL: 9,660th player to appear, 673rd most games played, 90th most goals kickedGeelong: 859th player to appear, 46th most games played, 5th most goals kicked

Billy is truly one of football’s mysteries. He can kick incredibly long distances and has taken many spectacular marks but is not always consistent. Sometimes he seems grounded and at other times he can leap over players in a single bound.¹

Billy Brownless was an excellent key position forward for Geelong in 198 V/AFL games from 1986 to 1997. His aggregate of 441 goals during that time included club list topping tallies of 81 in 1991 and 79 the following year. A spectacular if sometimes inconsistent aerialist, Brownless was one of the best and most prodigious kicks of his era. He was selected in the 1991 AFL All Australian team, and represented Victoria on half a dozen occasions.

Author - John Devaney


1. Cazaly Classics number 9.


Crème de la Crème


* Behinds calculated from the 1965 season on.
+ Score at the end of extra time.