Australian Football Celebrating the history of the great Australian game


Key Facts

Full name
William Stephenson

Known as
Bill Stephenson

14 February 1937

10 August 2010 (aged 73)

Age at first & last AFL game
First game: 20y 79d
Last game: 26y 212d

Height and weight
Height: 191 cm
Weight: 86 kg

Senior clubs
St. Kilda

Jumper numbers
St. Kilda: 11

Bill Stephenson

ClubLeagueCareer spanGamesGoalsAvgWin %AKIAHBAMKBV
St. KildaV/AFL1957-1963881391.5848%7.005.0020

Pre 1965 stats are for selected matches only

AFL: 6,798th player to appear, 2,697th most games played, 713th most goals kickedSt. Kilda: 1,043rd player to appear, 161st most games played, 33rd most goals kicked

A ruckman and centre half forward for most of his VFL career with St Kilda, Bill Stephenson hit the headlines when he garnered 20 goals from full forward in three and a half matches at the beginning of the 1962 season. It was at that point that he injured his knee, and he was never quite the same player thereafter. He retired just over a year later, having played 88 VFL games and scored 139 goals between 1957 and 1963. Immensely strong, he may have lacked the height of some of his opponents, but he certainly knew how to throw his weight around effectively. In addition to his Saints career he played for Victoria against both South Australia and Western Australia in 1960.

Author - John Devaney


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