Australian Football Celebrating the history of the great Australian game


Key Facts

Full name
William Cole

Known as
Billy Cole

9 August 1909

24 August 1958 (aged 49)

Age at first & last AFL game
First game: 25y 275d
Last game: 28y 19d

Height and weight
Height: 170 cm
Weight: 68 kg

Senior clubs
Northcote; St. Kilda

Jumper numbers
St. Kilda: 17

Billy Cole

ClubLeagueCareer spanGamesGoalsAvgWin %AKIAHBAMKBV
St. KildaV/AFL1935-193729190.6655%15.172.674
Total1928-1933, 1935-1937130190.15

Pre 1965 stats are for selected matches only

AFL: 4,252nd player to appear, 5,622nd most games played, 3,766th most goals kickedSt. Kilda: 714th player to appear, 480th most games played, 314th most goals kicked

Billy Cole (sometimes wrongly referred to as Billy Coles) commenced his senior career in the VFA, as a member of Northcote's all-conquering teams of the late 1920s through to the mid-30s. He was on a half forward flank, and one of the best players afield, in the club's 15.21(111) to 10.9 (69) Grand Final demolition of Port Melbourne in 1929, and played on the wing inconsecutive premiership triumphs against Coburg in 1932 and 1933.

After 101 games for the Brickfielders Cole crossed to St Kilda in the VFL in 1934, but did not make his senior debut until the following year. Between 1935 and 1937 he played a total of 29 VFL games for the Saints and kicked 19 goals. When playing at peak form, usually either on a wing or across half forward, he was elusive and highly damaging, but overall he was too inconsistent to be rated an unequivocal success.

Author - John Devaney


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