Australian Football Celebrating the history of the great Australian game


Key Facts

Full name
William Dolphin

Known as
Bill Dolphin

5 November 1881

9 September 1969 (aged 87)

Age at first & last AFL game
First game: 23y 182d
Last game: 29y 301d

Senior clubs
South Melbourne

Recruited from
Yarrawonga (1905)

Bill Dolphin

ClubLeagueCareer spanGamesGoalsAvgWin %AKIAHBAMKBV
South MelbourneV/AFL1905-191110000.0058%0

AFL: 1,013th player to appear, 2,418th most games played, 10,126th most goals kickedSouth Melbourne: 157th player to appear, 138th most games played, 1,103rd most goals kicked

William Dolphin was a superb kick and great all round defender whose total of precisely 100 VFL games for South Melbourne between 1905 and 1911 sadly did not include participation in the club's victorious Grand Final of 1909. Dolphin, who hailed from Yarrawonga, was injured on that occasion, but he captained the red and whites to second place in 1907 when they lowered their colours to Carlton in the flag decider by 5 points. Renowned for his impeccable judgement and resilience, he was also a superb kick whose kicking off after a behind was said to be particularly impressive.

Author - John Devaney


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