Australian Football Celebrating the history of the great Australian game


Key Facts

Full name
William Henry Orchard

Known as
Billy Orchard

9 August 1888

22 July 1965 (aged 76)

Place of death
Geelong, VIC (3220)


Age at first & last AFL game
First game: 18y 23d
Last game: 26y 335d

Height and weight
Height: 180 cm
Weight: 76 kg

Senior clubs

Jumper numbers
Geelong: 2, 28, 11, 14

Billy Orchard

ClubLeagueCareer spanGamesGoalsAvgWin %AKIAHBAMKBV
GeelongV/AFL1906, 1908-1915112670.6045%0
Total1906, 1908-1915112670.6045%0

AFL: 1,218th player to appear, 2,049th most games played, 1,587th most goals kickedGeelong: 151st player to appear, 143rd most games played, 122nd most goals kicked

Blessed with all the skills of the game, Geelong's Billy Orchard, who played 112 games for the club in 1906 and between 1908 and 1915, was regarded during his career as the 'complete footballer', capable of playing well in any position on the ground. Captain of the club in 1914 and 1915, in what would prove his last two seasons in league football, he led by example, habitually playing with great verve, drive and intelligence. He was also coach in 1915. 

After his retirement as a player he served as a VFL field umpire during the 1920s.

Author - John Devaney


Full Points Footy Publications


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