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Key Facts

Full name
William Tymms

Known as
Bill Tymms

16 August 1903

9 June 1989 (aged 85)

Age at first & last AFL game
First game: 18y 263d
Last game: 29y 312d

Height and weight
Height: 183 cm
Weight: 79 kg

Senior clubs
St. Kilda; Prahran; Melbourne

Jumper numbers
St. Kilda: 27, 15
Melbourne: 26

Recruited from
St. Kilda (1925)

Bill Tymms

ClubLeagueCareer spanGamesGoalsAvgWin %AKIAHBAMKBV
St. KildaV/AFL1922-1923850.6325%0
V/AFL1922-1923, 1925-193399120.1255%12.002.007

Pre 1965 stats are for selected matches only

AFL: 2,705th player to appear, 2,404th most games played, 4,554th most goals kickedSt. Kilda: 530th player to appear, 907th most games played, 585th most goals kickedMelbourne: 425th player to appear, 180th most games played, 497th most goals kicked

Bill Tymms achieved his greatest success during a 91-game stint with Melbourne in the VFL between 1925 and 1933. During that time he was widely considered to be the finest full back in the league. A member of the Fuchsias' 1926 VFL premiership-winning team, Tymms was heftily-built, tenacious and quick, while his kicking was both accurate and penetrative. During the Melbourne phase of his career he was selected to represent the VFL in the interstate arena on five occasions.

Tymms' senior career actually began in 1922 with St Kilda where he failed to establish himself, managing just eight senior games in two seasons. In 1924 he played with Prahran in the VFA, developing sufficiently as a footballer to inspire him to take a second - and ultimately highly successful - stab at the 'big time' with Melbourne.

Author - John Devaney


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* Behinds calculated from the 1965 season on.
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