Australian Football Celebrating the history of the great Australian game


Key Facts

Full name
William Jones

Known as
Bill Jones

27 March 1935

17 July 1996 (aged 61)

Age at first & last AFL game
First game: 19y 140d
Last game: 23y 135d

Height and weight
Height: 178 cm
Weight: 78 kg

Senior clubs
Collingwood; Oakleigh

Jumper numbers
Collingwood: 23, 37

Recruited from
Collingwood (1959)

Bill Jones

ClubLeagueCareer spanGamesGoalsAvgWin %AKIAHBAMKBV

Pre 1965 stats are for selected matches only

AFL: 6,498th player to appear, 3,794th most games played, 1,823rd most goals kickedCollingwood: 570th player to appear, 304th most games played, 144th most goals kicked

Collingwood recruited Bill Jones from Darley and he played serviceably for the 'Pies in 60 VFL games, kicking 58 goals, between 1954 and 1958. In the 1955 Grand Final, which Collingwood lost to Melbourne, Jones played on a half forward flank, while in the following year's premiership play-off he was among his side's best players as first rover, but could not prevent the Demons from winning again.

Midway through the 1959 season he crossed to Oakleigh in the VFA where he would round off his career in style, playing 110 senior games in five and a half seasons. A premiership player when the Purple and Golds trounced Sandringham by 10 goals in the 1960 Grand Final, Jones went on to win club best and fairest awards in 1963 and 1964 as well as a Liston Trophy in the latter year. He was club captain in 1963, captain-coach in 1964, and non-playing coach in 1965. His all-round contribution to the club was such that he would be a near certainty for inclusion in any official Oakleigh 'Team of the Twentieth Century'.

Author - John Devaney


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