Australian Football Celebrating the history of the great Australian game


Key Facts

Full name
William Shelton

Known as
Bill Shelton

3 August 1902

11 May 1995 (aged 92)

Age at first & last AFL game
First game: 16y 315d
Last game: 22y 307d

Height and weight
Height: 182 cm
Weight: 83 kg

Senior clubs

Jumper numbers
Melbourne: 30, 13, 20

Family links
Jack Shelton (Cousin)Bill Shelton (Second cousin)Ian Shelton (Second cousin)

Bill Shelton

ClubLeagueCareer spanGamesGoalsAvgWin %AKIAHBAMKBV

AFL: 2,450th player to appear, 4,060th most games played, 3,951st most goals kickedMelbourne: 349th player to appear, 305th most games played, 330th most goals kicked

Having played briefly with Brighton (six games) Bill Shelton was cleared to Melbourne midway through the 1919 season and went on to play in the Redlegs’ last eight matches of the season. Aged just 16 years and 315 days at the time of his first game Shelton would remain the youngest club debutant until 1942, when Bob Stone played his first game aged 16 years and 25 days. Most of Shelton’s 54 games from 1919 to 1925 were played as a ruckman. He registered 17 goals. He was a Victorian state representative at the 1924 Hobart carnival.

Author - John Devaney


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