Australian Football Celebrating the history of the great Australian game


Key Facts

Full name
William Russ

Known as
Bill Russ

6 July 1899

13 August 1977 (aged 78)

Age at first & last AFL game
First game: 25y 300d
Last game: 31y 69d

Height and weight
Height: 171 cm
Weight: 62 kg

Senior clubs
North Melbourne; Footscray

Jumper numbers
North Melbourne: 7
Footscray: 6

Recruited from
North Melbourne (1929)

Bill Russ

ClubLeagueCareer spanGamesGoalsAvgWin %AKIAHBAMKBV
North MelbourneVFA1922-1924
North MelbourneV/AFL1925-192859160.2715%1

AFL: 2,988th player to appear, 2,506th most games played, 2,612th most goals kickedNorth Melbourne: 15th player to appear, 231st most games played, 284th most goals kickedFootscray: 95th player to appear, 323rd most games played, 266th most goals kicked

An accomplished and sometimes explosive centreline player, Bill Russ gave sound service to two clubs over the course of a nine-season career in both the VFA and VFL. He began with North Melbourne in the Association in 1922, and continued with the club when it was admitted to the league in 1925. In a tempestuous home game against Geelong in round 12 of that year Russ was reported for striking, and was suspended for the remainder of the season. (To add salt to his wounds, North lost to the Cats by 85 points.)

Russ remained with North until 1929 when he crossed to Footscray. His first season with the Tricolours was perhaps his best in football as he secured the club's best and fairest award. He retired the following year after adding 36 games and 19 goals to the 59 VFL games and 16 goals he had managed with North.

Author - John Devaney


Full Points Footy Publications


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