Australian Football Celebrating the history of the great Australian game


Key Facts

Full name
William Hendrie

Known as
Bill Hendrie

22 January 1884

11 May 1939 (aged 55)

Age at first & last AFL game
First game: 26y 119d
Last game: 31y 113d

Senior clubs
Richmond; Preston; Melbourne

Jumper numbers
Melbourne: 5, 11, 15, 12

Recruited from
Richmond (1908); Preston (1910)

Bill Hendrie

ClubLeagueCareer spanGamesGoalsAvgWin %AKIAHBAMKBV
VFA1905-1906, 1908-1909
Total1905-1906, 1908-191587400.46

AFL: 1,646th player to appear, 2,736th most games played, 2,383rd most goals kickedMelbourne: 228th player to appear, 189th most games played, 188th most goals kicked

Ruckman Bill Hendrie commenced his senior career in the VFA with Richmond, but when the club entered the VFL in 1908 he transferred to another VFA side Preston. Clearly a player of considerable ability, Hendrie only spent a couple of seasons at Preston before securing a well earned elevation to league ranks with Melbourne. Powerful, tireless and scrupulously fair, he was a virtual ever-present in the Redlegs' senior team for the next five seasons. His last season was 1915, when he added four VFL games for a final career tally of 87. He also kicked 40 goals.

Author - John Devaney


Full Points Footy Publications. Richmond statistics courtesy of


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