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Key Facts

Full name
William Serong

Known as
Bill Serong

5 May 1936 (age 87)

Age at first & last AFL game
First game: 19y 345d
Last game: 26y 112d

Height and weight
Height: 183 cm
Weight: 83 kg

Senior clubs
Collingwood; North Melbourne

Jumper numbers
Collingwood: 22, 14
North Melbourne: 7

Recruited from
Collingwood (1962)

Bill Serong

ClubLeagueCareer spanGamesGoalsAvgWin %AKIAHBAMKBV
North MelbourneV/AFL19621680.5025%10

Pre 1965 stats are for selected matches only

AFL: 6,648th player to appear, 2,042nd most games played, 1,769th most goals kickedCollingwood: 579th player to appear, 185th most games played, 157th most goals kickedNorth Melbourne: 543rd player to appear, 502nd most games played, 394th most goals kicked

Pacy, agile and strong Bill Serong was a centreman par excellence who was also sometimes used as a rover and across half forward. He joined Collingwood from CBC Parade, with the Magpies having to fend off interest from Geelong before procuring his signature.

Serong made his senior VFL debut in 1956 and was a member at the end of Collingwood’s losing grand final team against Melbourne. Two years later he was in the team which obtained revenge. He produced arguably his best and most consistent form during a 1959 season which saw him placed second in the Brownlow.

Somewhat surprisingly Serong dropped down the pecking order in 1961 and after managing just 10 appearances for the year he was allowed to transfer to North Melbourne. He only played one season with the Kangaroos but he emphatically proved that he was still a fine player by winning their best and fairest award. His stint with North saw him add 16 VFL games and 8 goals to the tallies of 98 games and 52 goals registered with the Magpies.

Author - John Devaney


Encyclopedia of AFL Footballers by Russell Holmesby & Jim Main; Wikipedia article


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