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Key Facts

Full name
William Hudd

Known as
Bill Hudd


28 November 1901

5 August 1960 (aged 58)

Age at first & last AFL game
First game: 20y 285d
Last game: 28y 289d

Height and weight
Height: 182 cm
Weight: 85 kg

Senior clubs
Geelong; Essendon; Hawthorn

Jumper numbers
Geelong: 31
Essendon: 4
Hawthorn: 4

Recruited from
Geelong (1926); Essendon (1929)

Bill Hudd

ClubLeagueCareer spanGamesGoalsAvgWin %AKIAHBAMKBV
V/AFL1922-1927, 1929-193083130.1646%1
Total1922-1927, 1929-193083130.1646%1

AFL: 2,769th player to appear, 2,856th most games played, 4,419th most goals kickedGeelong: 296th player to appear, 473rd most games played, 597th most goals kickedEssendon: 374th player to appear, 464th most games played, 550th most goals kickedHawthorn: 103rd player to appear, 384th most games played, 439th most goals kicked

Bill ‘Chunga’ Hudd was a strong, hard hitting follower and occasional ruckman who enjoyed a noteworthy career with five different clubs. His shepherding was superb, and he afforded great protection to his smaller team mates. The undoubted highlight of his career came in 1925 when he was a member of Geelong’s first ever VFL premiership-winning team. It was the last of his 28 appearances in the famous hooped jumper, the first having come late in the 1922 season.

In 1926 Hudd crossed to Essendon but although he played 29 games in two seasons the quality of his performances were undermined by persistent knee problems. He then spent the 1928 season at Yarraville which was taking its bows in the VFA. A return to the VFL followed in 1929, this time with Hawthorn, where he played a last 26 games. His final port of call was another VFA side in Sandringham.

Author - John Devaney


Encyclopedia of AFL Footballers by Russell Holmesby & Jim Main; Wikipedia article; Cats' Tales by Col Hutchinson; Those Magnificent Men by Michael Maplestone


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