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Key Facts

Full name
William Gent

Known as
Billy Gent

19 June 1879

7 July 1957 (aged 78)

Age at first & last AFL game
First game: 23y 317d
Last game: 28y 360d

Height and weight
Height: 164 cm
Weight: 62 kg

Senior clubs
Essendon Town; South Melbourne

Recruited from
Essendon Town (1903)

Billy Gent

ClubLeagueCareer spanGamesGoalsAvgWin %AKIAHBAMKBV
Essendon TownVFA1901-1902
South MelbourneV/AFL1903-1904, 1906-190862310.5042%0
Total1901-1904, 1906-190862310.50

AFL: 821st player to appear, 3,688th most games played, 2,871st most goals kickedSouth Melbourne: 113th player to appear, 257th most games played, 237th most goals kicked

William 'Billy' Gent was an extremely talented rover whose VFL career was sullied by his bad behaviour on the field. After commencing his senior career with Essendon Town (later known as Essendon Association) he joined South Melbourne in 1903, and the following year incurred a suspension for unsportsmanlike conduct that took in the remainder of the 1904 season and the whole of 1905. He returned in 1906, but was in trouble again late in the 1907 season when the Tribunal handed him a lifetime ban. This was later reduced, however, and he resumed briefly in 1908 to take his final tally of VFL games to 62.

Author - John Devaney


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