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Key Facts

Full name
William McCarter

Known as
Billy McCarter

23 October 1888

4 September 1941 (aged 52)

Age at first & last AFL game
First game: 24y 185d
Last game: 35y 319d

Height and weight
Height: 170 cm
Weight: 75 kg

Senior clubs

Jumper numbers
Geelong: 4, 12, 24

Billy McCarter

ClubLeagueCareer spanGamesGoalsAvgWin %AKIAHBAMKBV
GeelongV/AFL1913-1915, 1921-192411470.0647%0
Total1913-1915, 1921-192411470.0647%0

AFL: 1,963rd player to appear, 2,036th most games played, 5,542nd most goals kickedGeelong: 222nd player to appear, 140th most games played, 461st most goals kicked

A tearaway back pocket player who combined excellent defensive qualities with a fair amount of flair, Geelong's Billy McCarter was without doubt one of the foremost defenders of his generation. He joined Geelong from East Geelong and made his VFL debut in the opening round of the 1913 season at home to Richmond. His sure hands coupled with tremendous anticipation gave him a head start over most resting rovers, and he liked nothing better than to embark on an exhilarating dash downfield which he would typically round off with an accurate pass to a team mate.

Despite standing only 170cm in height, McCarter could spring high for marks, and was not averse to 'mixing it' if the occasion demanded. Always cool and clever under pressure, McCarter rarely put in a poor performance. He missed the five seasons between 1916 and 1920 while on military service, but he had lost none of his sparkle and vim when he resumed in 1921. He continued playing until the end of the 1924 season, by which time he had played 114 matches, kicking seven goals. He also made five interstate appearances for the Big V.

Author - John Devaney


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