Australian Football Celebrating the history of the great Australian game


Key Facts

Full name
William Gunn

Known as
Bill Gunn

4 March 1932

23 March 1991 (aged 59)

Age at first & last AFL game
First game: 20y 46d
Last game: 27y 178d

Height and weight
Height: 183 cm
Weight: 82 kg

Senior clubs
Williamstown; South Melbourne

Jumper numbers
South Melbourne: 8

Recruited from
Williamstown (1952)

Family links
Callan Ward (Grandson)Mikayla Ward (Grand-daughter)

Bill Gunn

ClubLeagueCareer spanGamesGoalsAvgWin %AKIAHBAMKBV
South MelbourneV/AFL1952-19591041010.9745%53

AFL: 6,176th player to appear, 2,315th most games played, 1,057th most goals kickedSouth Melbourne: 725th player to appear, 131st most games played, 64th most goals kicked

After commencing with the powerful Williamstown side in the VFA, Billy Gunn crossed to South Melbourne in 1952 where he quickly established a reputation as an energetic, elusive and damaging forward. A regular VFL interstate representative, Gunn captained South in 1955, and but for a succession of niggling injuries, and a refusal to play carnival football, even after being selected, because of work commitments, might easily have acquired a reputation as one of the game's all time greats. As it was, he managed just 104 VFL games in eight seasons.

Author - John Devaney


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